ERIC Number: EJ872207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Reference Count: 57
The Middle Ages: Change in Women's Personalities and Social Roles
Newton, Nicola; Stewart, Abigail J.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v34 n1 p75-84 Mar 2010
It has been argued that the predominant focus of midlife personality development is generativity; other research has found that social roles influence both its onset and its expression. In this article, we examine women's midlife personality development and its relationship to career and family commitments. Results for a sample of 90 women indicated that commitment to particular social projects in early midlife was associated with different patterns of identity, intimacy, and generativity levels at age 62. In addition, women who added social projects to existing projects during adulthood expressed similar levels of identity, intimacy, and generativity at age 62 as women whose social project commitments had stayed the same. For smaller subsamples of women in the study, longitudinal analyses assessed changes in personality development within middle age as well as the relationship between personality and the maintenance or addition of social projects. These results highlight important variation among women who followed different adult life paths.
Descriptors: Females, Intimacy, Personality Traits, Personality Development, Age Differences, Adults, Developmental Stages, Family Influence, Career Development, Social Influences, Older Adults, Gender Issues, Participation
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