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Personality and Social Contexts as Sources of Change and Continuity Across the Life Span

Abigail J. Stewart and Kay Deaux

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398991
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398991.013.0026

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Personality and Social Contexts as Sources of Change and Continuity Across the Life Span

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This chapter provides a framework designed to address how individual persons respond to changes and continuities in social systems and historical circumstances at different life stages and in different generations. We include a focus on systematic differences among the people who experience these changes in the social environment — differences both in the particular situations they find themselves in and in their personalities. Using examples from research on divorce, immigration, social movement participation, and experiences of war, we make a case for an integrated personality and social psychology that extends the analysis across time and works within socially and historically important contexts.

Keywords: divorce; ethnicity; generation; identity change; immigration; life span; political activism; social identity; social movements; women‘s movement

Article.  19268 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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