Young adults' intergenerational communication schemas in Taiwan and the USA

Mei Chen Lin, James T Harwood, Mary Lee Hummert

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Abstract

The present research systematically examines cognitive representations of stereotypes of old age and young adults' and older adults' perceptions of their own communication accommodative behaviors, emotions, and communication satisfaction when a particular Intergenerational Communication Schema is activated. Taiwanese respondents show both congruent and incongruent patterns of responding: Some schemas yield consistently positive or negative responses across dependent variables, whereas others yield mixed and apparently inconsistent patterns. Respondents from the USA show that a helping orientation, when it is associated with different schemas (positive, very sympathetic, or negative) may result in different overall evaluations of the intergenerational conversation experience. Results are discussed in relation to the Communication Predicament of Aging Model and Chinese cultural values of intergenerational communication. Limitations are acknowledged and future studies are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-50
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Older adults
  • Schema
  • Stereotypes

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  • Linguistics and Language
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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Young adults' intergenerational communication schemas in Taiwan and the USA. / Lin, Mei Chen; Harwood, James T; Hummert, Mary Lee.

In: Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 1, 03.2008, p. 28-50.

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