International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 9 Num. 3 - October 2009


Social change and personal change. A preliminary study of the intergenerational change of values

Volume 9 Num. 3 - October 2009 - Pages 395-420


Jes?s Gil Roales-Nieto


The present study evaluates the personal values that inform a sample of participants
in a open format of response that permit the participants identifying and prioritizing their top
ten life values. In addition, participants were asked to report of the principal values of the
majority of persons of his/her same age and of the people of different ages. The sample was
made up of 449 participants (40,3% men, 59,7% women) that were distributed in three groups
of young people (N= 196), adult people (N= 154), and senior people (N= 99). The results
indicate, principally, that the reports of personal values and generational values are very
similar in case of adult and senior people, and very different in the case of young people, with
the presence of negative and postmaterialistic values. The results are discussed in the frame
of the theory on intergenerational change of values.

Key words:

personal values, intergenerational change, postmaterialism, postmodernism

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