Identity, prosocial behavior, and generative concern in German and Cameroonian Nso adolescents

Autor(en): Busch, Holger
Hofer, Jan
Stichwörter: CULTURE; Ego identity; Generativity; MOTIVATION; PERSONALITY; POWER; Prosocial behavior; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; SELF-CONSTRUALS; STATUSES
Erscheinungsdatum: 2011
Herausgeber: ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Journal: JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENCE
Volumen: 34
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 629
Seitenende: 638
Zusammenfassung: 
Little is known about whether ego identity statuses have the same developmental concomitants in different cultural contexts. Thus, 159 German and 158 Cameroonian Nso adolescents aged 15-18 were recruited to test if associations between identity and generativity (i.e. the desire to create a positive legacy) and prosocial behavior (i.e. helpful and supportive behavior), respectively, are comparable. In both cultural samples, only identity achievement was positively linked with generative concern and prosocial tendencies. Integrating these and previous findings on the association between prosocial behavior and generativity, a partial mediation of the relation between identity achievement and generative concern through prosocial tendencies was hypothesized and confirmed for both cultural groups. Thus, there is an equivalent association between identity achievement, prosocial behavior, and generative concern in adolescents with widely different cultural background. (C) 2010 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 01401971
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.09.009

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