Paying It Forward: Assessing the Correlates of Generativity Among Older Persons in the Philippines

by Leonardo M. Jaminola III (2023)


Generativity has been defined as the concern to guide and nurture the next generation. While included in many conceptualizations of healthy and successful ageing, generativity among older adults has not been thoroughly studied, especially in the Philippines. Using the data from the baseline survey of the Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP) conducted in 2018, the study aims to examine the correlates of generativity among older persons in the Philippines. The correlates used in the study can be grouped into three (3) categories: personal characteristics, familial relations, and social participation. Generativity was measured using a shortened version of the Loyola Generative Scale (LGS). Based on the results of regression analysis, the following variables are positively correlated with generativity: wealth score, educational attainment, and membership in a religious organization. Interestingly, none of the variables grouped under familial relations influenced the generativity score of older Filipinos. Generativity allows older adults to maintain their skills and competencies as they share these with other people. This also allows them to develop adaptive processes as they age. As such, generativity is an important factor in improving the social and overall well-being of older adults.