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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology


This study examined the relationship between both generative concern and behaviors and satisfaction with life among university professors who mentor and those who do not_ Generative concern is an attitude or personality tendency to want to help others. Generative behavior are helping acts that generative individuals provide to others. A total of 75 university faculty completed surveys which consisted of demographic questionnaire, the Loyola Generativity Scale (LGS). Generative Behavior Checklist-Revised (GBC-R). and the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS). Pearson correlations were conducted between generativity and satisfaction with life_ Mentors consistently scored higher on measures of generativity. As predicted, significant positive correlations were found between generative concern and satisfaction with life. However, significant negative correlations were found between generative behaviors and satisfaction with life. Similarly, both mentoring and the number of publications a mentor published were negatively correlated with satisfaction with life. These findings suggest that engaging in generative acts may not relate to satisfaction with life. Although maintaining generative attitudes does correlate with higher levels of life satisfaction.