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Values across adulthood: A neglected developmental construct guiding thought and action over time


Ritter, Johannes O; Freund, Alexandra M (2014). Values across adulthood: A neglected developmental construct guiding thought and action over time. In: Verhaeghen, P; Hertzog, C. The Oxford handbook of emotion, social cognition, and everyday problem solving during adulthood. New York: Oxford University Press, 273-287.

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This chapter discusses the role of personal values in adult development. Personal values can be seen as higher order goals that an individual personally endorses and as a more general attitude about what people ought to do or what is generally important in life. Research has repeatedly demonstrated a gap between expressed values and actual behavior; nevertheless, we maintain that values can serve as an overarching cognitive compass to evaluate one's future as well as past behaviors and goals. On the basis of empirical research on goals we posit that personal values and their function change over the lifespan. We argue that personal values might be especially relevant for life planning in adolescence and early adulthood and for life review in later adulthood.

Abstract

This chapter discusses the role of personal values in adult development. Personal values can be seen as higher order goals that an individual personally endorses and as a more general attitude about what people ought to do or what is generally important in life. Research has repeatedly demonstrated a gap between expressed values and actual behavior; nevertheless, we maintain that values can serve as an overarching cognitive compass to evaluate one's future as well as past behaviors and goals. On the basis of empirical research on goals we posit that personal values and their function change over the lifespan. We argue that personal values might be especially relevant for life planning in adolescence and early adulthood and for life review in later adulthood.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:17 Jun 2014 14:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:25
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780199899463
Official URL:http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-emotion-social-cognition-and-problem-solving-in-adulthood-9780199899463?q=The%20Oxford%20Handbook%20of%20Emotion,%20Social%20Cognition&lang=en&cc=ch

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