The transition to adulthood and generativity: A family generative climate

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily Transitions and Families in Transition
EditorsEUGENIA SCABINI, GIOVANNA ROSSI
Pages147-159
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSTUDI INTERDISCIPLINARI SULLA FAMIGLIA

Keywords

  • GENERATIVITY
  • family

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