Be generative to accept death: Role of meaning in life moderated by age and perceived impact
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings


摘要Meaning-management theory (MMT) suggests living a meaningful life leads to higher death acceptance. This paper investigates how generativity, i.e. the intention to bring benefits to the next generation, can affect death acceptance through achieving meaning in life (MIL). 343 participants in Hong Kong (aged 18-90) filled in a questionnaire as part of “Age(ing) as Future” project. Generativity positively correlates with death acceptance. MIL fully mediates the effect of generativity on death acceptance (r(341)=.132, p=.014). The effect of generativity on MIL might differ by age and perceived influences of generative acts. As speculated, the mediation is moderated by Age and Transformational Future Time Perspective (TFTP; generative impact that expands future time perspective). In older adults with lower TFTP, generativity no longer predicts MIL and the mediation was nonsignificant. The results provide empirical support to MMT and emphasise the importance of perceived impact and the needs in different developmental stage.
著者Nicole Long Ki Fung, Steven Tsun-wai Chu, Helene Hoi-lam Fung
會議名稱The Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting - Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks
會議論文集題名Innovation in Aging
期次Suppl 1
頁次S785 - S786

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