Generativity in elderly oblate sisters of providence

Helen K. Black, Susan M. Hannum, Robert L. Rubinstein, Kate De Medeiros

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Purpose of the Study: We explored how generativity and well-being merged in a group of childless older women: African and Hispanic Roman Catholic Religious Sisters, linking two minority identity characteristics. Design and Methods: We qualitatively interviewed 8 Oblate Sisters of Providence (OSP), by providing a framework for examining the range of the women's generativity - cultural spheres in which generativity is rooted and outlets for generativity. Results: Early negative experiences, such as fleeing despotism in Haiti and Cuba and racism within the Catholic Church, occurred alongside positive experiences - families who stressed education, and Caucasian Religious who taught children of color. This became a foundation for the Sister's generative commitment. Implications: Findings highlight that research gains from a phenomenological understanding of how religious faith promotes generative cognitions and emotions. Findings also reveal that the experiences of a subculture in society - African-American elderly women religious - add to theories and definitions of generativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-568
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 19 2016


  • Generativity
  • Qualitative research
  • Religious Sisters of color
  • Subcultures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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