Personal goals at age 25 in three generations of the twentieth century: Young adulthood in historical context

Details

Serval ID
serval:BIB_FA18C836021F
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Personal goals at age 25 in three generations of the twentieth century: Young adulthood in historical context
Journal
Swiss Journal of Psychology
Author(s)
Bangerter A., Grob A., Krings F.
ISSN
1421-0185
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2001
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
60
Number
2
Pages
59-64
Language
english
Abstract
The possibility of a historically determined shift in developmental tasks of young adulthood was investigated. Personal goals at age 25 of participants from three cohorts spanning twentieth-century Swiss history were studied in an interview combining current and retrospective measures. Members of the oldest cohort (Between the Wars) were born beween 1920 and 1925. Members of the middle cohort (Early Baby Boomers) were born between 1945 and 1950. Members of the youngest cohort (Generation X) were born between 1970 and 1975. Results show significant shifts in goal content which reflect well-documented historical changes. For example, BTW participants mainly mention work- and family-related goals (corresponding to classical developmental tasks). However, GEX participants mention more goals related to education and leisure, and less family-related goals than earlier generations. This suggests that classical formulations of developmental tasks of young adulthood (e.g. starting work, founding a family) may be less adequate today.
Keywords
Goals, Young adulthood, Developmental tasks, Societal change
Web of science
Create date
06/07/2009 16:23
Last modification date
20/08/2019 16:25
Usage data