This paper studies the concept of generativity in families facing their children’s transition to adulthood. Starting from the classical theories on generativity and with reference to the relational-intergenerational approach, the authors develop the concept of “generative family atmosphere” and propose a model to detect it, specifically for families with young-adults. The model, validated with data from 160 Italian family triads (father, mother and one young-adult son/daughter), includes three levels of analysis of generativity - individual, family and relational -- and identifies variables to measure the three components of generativity - creating, caring and letting go. Implications for future research are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Family Transitions and Families in Transition|
|Editors||EUGENIA SCABINI, GIOVANNA ROSSI|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||STUDI INTERDISCIPLINARI SULLA FAMIGLIA|