Age:Middle adulthood -- 40 to 65 years
Conflict: Generativity vs. Stagnation
Important Event: Parenting
In this stage generativity refers to the adult's ability to care for anotherperson. The most important event in this stage is parenting. Does the adult havethe ability to care and guide the next generation? Generativity has a broadermeaning then just having children. Each adult must have some way to satisfy andsupport the next generation. According to Erikson, "A person does best atthis time to put aside thoughts of death and balance its certainty with the onlyhappiness that is lasting: to increase, by whatever is yours to give, the goodwill and higher order in your sector of the world"(Erikson, 1974).
To have and nurture children and/or become involved with future generations.
An individual must deal with issues they are concerned with or it can leadto stagnation in later life.
In this stage an adult will be concerned with issues such as: the future ofthe environment, what kind of world will we leave the next generation, equalityfor all people, etc.