Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Intergenerational Relations

By Nancy Datan; Anita L. Greene et al. | Go to book overview
Save to active project

1
Conceptual and Theoretical
Perspectives on Generational
Relations

Charlotte Chorn Dunham

Vern L. Bengtson

University of Southern California


INTRODUCTION

The problem of generations, particularly for behavioral scientists, involves a complex and multifaceted intellectual agenda. The central issue concerns social consequences of the succession of age groups -- through birth, aging, death, and replacement -- upon social organization and behavior" ( Bengtson, Cutler, Mangen, & Marshall, 1985, p. 304). Concern about the problem is certainly not new; nor are attempts to disentangle the causes and consequences of change and continuity in the context of generational succession. What may be new are the tools contemporary social scientists have begun to utilize in examining the problem of generations.

In 1971, at one of the very first West Virginia University Conferences on Life-Span Development, the general theme addressed personality and socialization (see Baltes & Schaie, 1973). In one of the presentations, the second author of this chapter (at that time a very junior professor and very happy to have been invited) attempted to consolidate the available research evidence concerning generations, intergenerational relations, and socialization. That paper ( Bengtson & Black, 1973) was built around two central themes. First, a major agenda of socialization concerns the creation of family continuity: an ongoing reciprocal process involving negotiations between parents and children. Socialization involves "an interactional confrontation between developing individuals, in which those factors leading to continuity and those leading to change are negotiated" ( Bengtson & Black, 1973 p. 103). Second, it

-1-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Intergenerational Relations
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 280

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?