Enhancing Generativity via Intergenerational Activity Engagement in Later Life

Being and feeling generative, defined as exhibiting concern and behavior to benefit others, is an important developmental goal of midlife and beyond. Although a growing body of evidence suggests mental and physical health benefits of feeling generative in later life, little information exists as to the modifiability of generativity perceptions. Elizabeth Tanner examines whether participation in the intergenerational civic engagement program, Experience Corps (EC), benefits older adults’ self-perceptions of generativity.

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