Generativity Versus Stagnation: An Elaboration of Erikson's Adult Stage of Human Development

  title={Generativity Versus Stagnation: An Elaboration of Erikson's Adult Stage of Human Development},
  author={Charles L. Slater},
  journal={Journal of Adult Development},
  • C. Slater
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Adult Development
Erik Erikson's theory of human development posits 8 stages of life. This paper gives special attention to the adult stage of generativity vs. stagnation. A review of recent research provides new concepts that can be added to Erikson's chart of development in the form of 7 psychosocial conflicts that give breadth to the central crisis of generativity vs. stagnation. They are inclusivity vs. exclusivity, pride vs. embarrassment, responsibility vs. ambivalence, career productivity vs. inadequacy… Expand
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