Predictors and Characteristics of Erikson's Life Cycle Model among Men: A 32-Year Longitudinal Study

  title={Predictors and Characteristics of Erikson's Life Cycle Model among Men: A 32-Year Longitudinal Study},
  author={Jerry F. Westermeyer},
  journal={The International Journal of Aging and Human Development},
  pages={29 - 48}
  • J. Westermeyer
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Psychology
  • The International Journal of Aging and Human Development
To assess Erikson's life cycle model, 86 men, initially selected for health, were prospectively studied at age 21, and reassessed 32 years later at age 53. Using the Vaillant and Milofsky (1980) modification of Erikson's model, 48 men (56%) achieved generativity, an advanced developmental stage, at follow-up. Results generally support Erikson's model and show that generativity was significantly associated with successful marriage, work achievements, close friendships, altruistic behaviors, and… 

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