ERIC Number: EJ1088685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
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Reference Count: 58
Passing On: Personal Attributes Associated with Midlife Expressions of Intended Legacies
Newton, Nicky J.; Jones, Brady K.
Developmental Psychology, v52 n2 p341-353 Feb 2016
Expressions of the intent to leave behind something when we die can contain elements of both selflessness and selfishness. In this paper, we identify 3 different types of expressed legacy (personal, broader, and composite), and distinguish between them by examining their correlates (generativity, narcissism, and community involvement), as well as differences in expressed legacies for midlife African Americans and European Americans. Quantitative and qualitative data from surveys and interviews were drawn from the Foley Longitudinal Study of Adulthood (FLSA; N = 138; aged 55-58). We examined the contributions of generativity, narcissism, community involvement, and SES to each legacy, as well as the comparative levels of common significant predictors for each legacy, and the comparative likelihood of expressing particular legacies by race. Quantitative analyses showed that a different constellation of correlates predicted each legacy. Additionally, African Americans were more likely than European Americans to express legacies that indicated community involvement. Qualitative analyses showed that legacy groups (and races) also differed in open-ended responses encompassing personal concerns, talents, and goals. These findings highlight some of the mechanisms and correlates of how the intent to leave a legacy can provide meaning and purpose for midlife African Americans and European Americans. Results are discussed in light of previous research concerning how legacies are transmitted, and potential differences in cultural roots and meaning for African Americans and European Americans.
Descriptors: Adults, African Americans, Whites, Mixed Methods Research, Surveys, Interviews, Death, Correlation, Psychological Patterns, Citizen Participation, Socioeconomic Status, Predictor Variables, Racial Differences, Intention, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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