Generative and Time Perspective in the Early and Middle Adulthood



The study examined the relationship of generative and temporal perspectives in the early and middle adulthood (25–32 and 35–40 years). Th e study involved 82 respondents (35 men, 47 women). It was found that the frequency and orientation of generative actions is associated with indicators of time perspective. It is shown that the formation of generativity can infl uence the characteristics of the different time perspective, depending on age and gender characteristics. Levels of diff erence in generative manifestations depending on age and gender factors have been identified.

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Keywords: generative, time perspective, early adulthood, middle adulthood

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

For citation: Polyakova M.K., Strizhitskaya O.Y. Generative and Time Perspective in the Early and Middle Adulthood. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 2, pp. 88–97. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Maria K. Polyakova, Postgraduate Student, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:

Olga Y. Strizhitskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Developmental Psychology and Differential Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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