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Concern for Generativity and Its Relation to Implicit Pro-Social Power Motivation, Generative Goals, and Satisfaction With Life: A Cross-Cultural Investigation


  • This research was supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation to the first and third author (CH242/3-3).

concerning this article should be addressed to Jan Hofer or Holger Busch, University of Osnabrück, Department of Human Sciences, Seminarstr. 20, D-49069 Osnabrück, Germany. E-mail:;


ABSTRACT So far, cross-cultural research on generativity has been lacking. The present study tests the cross-cultural applicability of an integrative model of generativity proposed by McAdams and de St. Aubin. Measures of implicit pro-social power motivation, a general disposition for generativity, generative goals, and life satisfaction were administered to adults in Cameroon, Costa Rica, and Germany. These measures cover the intrapersonal part of the generativity model. After examining the comparability of the measures across the three cultures, cultural differences in the level of each variable were inspected. Finally, the hypothesized model was tested via structural equation modeling. Results show that the model can be successfully applied in all three cultural samples. This finding has interesting implications for the further investigation of generativity, particularly its social antecedents and behavioral consequences.

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