Differences in Values by Generation

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Do values differ across generations? How so?
Answer: Yes, values differ from generation to generation.

INTRODUCTION

There is a serious new problem in the most environments, and it has nothing to do with crime, employment or finance. Instead, it is the problem of distinct generations attempting to work together and often colliding as their paths cross. Individuals with different values, different ideas, different ways of getting things done and different ways of communicating in every area of society have always existed. So, why is this becoming a problem now? The definition of value chosen for this purpose was illustrated by Schwartz, “desirable, trans-situational goals, varying in importance that serves as guiding principles in people’s lives” (2006,). In other words, values are motives formed from people attitudes or desirable concept that guides their behavior. There are four generations of people, from 1922 -1945 the ‘veterans’, 1946-1964 the ‘Baby Boomers’, 1965-1980 Generation X and from 1981-2000 Generation Y. While individuals in different generations are diverse, they nevertheless share certain thoughts, values, and behaviors because of certain shared events. Furthermore, these values, reactions, and behaviors definitely differ across all these generations. Values are a substantial driving force behind human attitudes and behaviors, therefore it play a vital role in obtaining basic and social needs. Values are beliefs that people hold regarding how individuals should ideologically behave (Ros, Schwartz & Surkiss, 1999). The aim of this study is to identify the different types in values in four generations and how they can affect the environment. The type of values to be discussed include, core values, family education, organisation and financial values. Each generation distinct value systems will be analysed.

THE VETERAN
The veteran members of this generation can...
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