Generativity in elderly Oblate Sisters of Providence

October 28, 2014


  • Kate de Medeiros

This paper explored how generativity and well-being merged in a group of childless older women: African and Hispanic Roman Catholic Religious Sisters, linking two minority identity characteristics. Findings highlight that research gains from a phenomenological understanding of how religious faith promotes generative cognitions and emotions. Findings also reveal that the experiences of a subculture in society—African-American elderly women religious—add to theories and definitions of generativity.

The Gerontologist, 56 (3), 559-568. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu091

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