Program

Oral
July 26, 2016 14:40 - 16:10
OR26-63-2

Passing on, looking back, and passing away: The indirect effect of generativity on attitudes towards death through ego-integrity.

[Speaker] Busch, Holger:1
1:University of Trier (Germany)

According to Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, there are two developmental tasks in adulthood: generativity vs. self-absorption, i.e., adults pass on their experience to following generations or are unable to extend their care to others; and, ego-integrity vs. despair, i.e., in a life-review, adults either see their life positively or as wasted. Both developmental tasks have been argued to be related to attitudes towards death. The central hypothesis of the present talk is that there is an indirect effect of generativity on attitudes towards death through ego-integrity. A series of studies will be presented that test this hypothesis: First, in a cross-cultural study, the hypothesized indirect effect is found for reduced for of death. In a second study, the hypothesized indirect effect is found for increased acceptance of death. A third study examines the hypothesized indirect effect for various facets of death acceptance.
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