ERIC Number: EJ1075074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
"Now I Know I Can Make a Difference": Generativity and Activity Engagement as Predictors of Meaning Making in Adolescents and Emerging Adults
Lawford, Heather L.; Ramey, Heather L.
Developmental Psychology, v51 n10 p1395-1406 Oct 2015
This study examined generativity (concern for future generations as a legacy of the self) and activity engagement as predictors of meaning making in young people's personal accounts of their key activity experiences. We elicited stories regarding events within participants' "most engaging activity," self-reports on generativity, and behavioral participation and psychological engagement in activities in 2 separate samples: an emerging adult sample and an adolescent sample. The stories were coded for meaning making, defined as degree of insight into individuals' understanding of themselves or the world (McLean & Pratt, 2006). Psychological engagement, but not behavioral participation, was positively associated with meaning making. Moreover, generativity was significantly and positively related to psychological engagement, and predicted meaning making, even after controlling for psychological engagement. Findings suggest that different types of activities can offer a potential context for fostering early generativity and meaning making, and that generativity in adolescence and emerging adulthood is related to the development of insight and meaning making.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Young Adults, Personal Narratives, Predictor Variables, Comprehension, Behavior, Psychological Patterns, Activities, Undergraduate Students, Experience, Foreign Countries
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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