To Study the Generation Gap and Personality Profile’s: An Explorative Study

Authors : Dr. Devinder Dhalla; Paras Dhalla

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 6 - June

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Generation gap is a dilemma observed between young people and their older generations due to different variables. There are a number of problems between different generations due to many reasons such as lack of relevance, alternative perspectives, social factors and the impact of innovation difficult to see each other. Purpose: The aim of this study was to understand the generation gap and personality profile of individuals amongst different generations in Indian context whereas“Pre-Liberalization Generation” (Pre-1991), “Early Liberalization Generation” (1992-2001), “Rapid Growth Generation” (2002-2006), & “Plateau Growth Generation” (2007-2012) and current generation as “Computer Generation” is been taken and considered to be a part of study. Although various earlier studies revealed that there is a generation gap, so in this research we performed an explorative study in context to six dimensions: Social Expectation, Economic Development, Distinct attitude, Communication Gap, Education and Technology with a congruency to generations in Indian context. (Generations are been taken as per Srinivasan earlier study). Sample & Method: Two hundred fifty individuals from different type of families (125 from nuclear families and 125 from joint families) categorized under five generations completed theGGQ:(A self-administered generation gap questionnaire) to find the generational gap which included 30 questions each onto six dimensions of generation gap taken in our current research study. Correspondingly personality factors questionnaire (16 P.F.)was used to find the differences in personality profiles amongst generations. Tools: As a part of statistical tools being used, we calculated standard deviation and mean of each generation onto dimensions using GGQ Likert scale data. For testing of hypothesis calculation of mean values t-test, one-way ANOVA along with multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) correlating sixteen personality factors (16 P.F. assessment) was used to interpret the scoring and to analyze individual personality to fulfill objective of the study. Results: H1 - The study revealed that there is a generation gapusing six dimensions: social expectation, economic development, distinct attitude, communication gap, education and technology among generations on GGQ. H2:Study revealed that there is a statistical difference in personality profiles of different type of families (Nuclear and Joint) amongst different generations. H3: Study revealed that there is a significant difference in personality profiles amongst generations. Conclusion: 16 P.F. is a useful tool to examine personality profile differences amongst the generations and to understand the factors that build their personalities. Given differences amongst the generations, the researcher forecast possible causes as six dimensions taken in the present study.Suggestive measures are also been disclosed in the study to bridge the gap and to make the individuals personality a dynamic, versatile and to lead happier life head.

Keywords : Personality traits, Personality factors, Generation gap, Personality profile


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