Generativity is Erikson's seventh stage of psycho social development in his life cycle theory, but he postulates different ways of achieving generativity for males and females. Erikson proposed that a woman achieves a sense of generativity from raising a family. However over the last twenty years social roles have changed and there is an increasing number of women developing careers. It is important to determine whether the role of employment has an effect on generativity in women. This study had ten women participants: five married with children, homemakers and five married with children, professionals. Using a semi-structured interview, the·participants shared about their sense of generativity, their sources of generativity, and their view on choosing or not choosing a career. The results of this sample showed that employed women do have more sources of generativity, but that homemakers are able to find other sources of generativity besides their children.
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Adulthood -- Psychological aspects -- case studies; Self-actualization (Psychology); Married Women -- employment -- United States; Working Mothers -- United States
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Dern, Tracy Sierra, "Effect of Employment on Generativity in Married Mothers" (2002). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 603.
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