Continuity and Change in Values in Midlife: Testing the Age Stability Hypothesis

Background/Study Context: The “age stability” hypothesis suggests that adults have significant continuities in values over time, whereas the “situational influence” hypothesis suggests that change continues, especially in response to new events and experiences

Jean Stockard; Gaylene Carpenter; Lynn R. Kahle

2014

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  • Background/Study Context: The “age stability” hypothesis suggests that adults have significant continuities in values over time, whereas the “situational influence” hypothesis suggests that change continues, especially in response to new events and experiences
  • Hypotheses were tested with data from A Study of Leisure During Adulthood, a 9-year panel study of middle-aged adults
  • Mixed-model regressions and descriptive statistics were used to examine changes and stability over time in global values, measured by the List of Values, and instrumental values related to leisure
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