Self-Regulation and Milestones of Adult Development: Intimacy and Generativity

Autor(en): Busch, Holger
Hofer, Jan
Stichwörter: ATTENTION; generativity; GOALS; intimacy; LIFE; Machiavellianism; MEDIATION; MIDLIFE; MODERATION; PERSONALITY; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; SATISFACTION; self-regulation; well-being
Erscheinungsdatum: 2012
Herausgeber: AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC
Journal: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Volumen: 48
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 282
Seitenende: 293
Zusammenfassung: 
In 2 separate studies, the idea is tested that the positive association between self-regulatory capacities and well-being is partly explained by the positive effect self-regulation has on the successful resolution of developmental crises in Eriksonian terms. In Study 1, attentional control, intimacy, and subjective well-being are assessed in 177 young adults. Results show that attentional control fosters intimacy, which in turn is beneficial to subjective well-being. Study 2 has a longitudinal design: Action control, generativity, purpose in life, and Machiavellianism are measured in 163 adults with an interval of 18 months between the 2 testing occasions. Action control is found to promote the development of generative concern, which in turn increases purpose in life. The latter association, however, is further qualified by Machiavellian attitudes. Results are discussed with respect to the role of self-regulation in development and to belief in the species, which Erikson postulated to be active in the development of generativity.
ISSN: 00121649
DOI: 10.1037/a0025521

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