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Generational Differences Are Real and Useful

  • W. Keith Campbell (a1), Stacy M. Campbell (a2), Lane E. Siedor (a1) and Jean M. Twenge (a3)

We propose that generational differences are meaningful despite some theoretical and methodological challenges (cf. Costanza & Finkelstein, 2015). We will address five main issues: operationalizing generations, measuring generational differences, theoretical models of generations, mechanisms of generational change, and the importance of science versus stereotypes.

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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to W. Keith Campbell, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30606. E-mail:
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