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Successful Ageing: Personality and new technologies

(funded by the German Research Foundation DFG since 2005)

Franz J. Neyer (FSU Jena), Cornelia Wrzus (Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung)
Frieder R. Lang & Jenny Wagner (University Erlangen-Nürnberg)

This project is part of an ongoing research program initiated by Franz J. Neyer (FSU Jena) and Frieder R. Lang (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg). The aim is the elaboration and extension of a theoretical model of relationship regulationwith respect to middle and old age and its particular contextual conditions (Neyer &Lang, 2003, 2004; Lang & Neyer, 2004, 2005).

The project investigates the emergence and interplay of two basic mechanisms of relationship regulation (i.e., the regulation of closeness and the regulation of reciprocity) depending on the demands of (a) earlier and later stages of the family life cycle, and (b) different family forms (e.g., traditional, childless, divorced, widowed). Based upon evolutionary considerations, we investigate how the regulation of closeness and reciprocity contributes to the differentiation between kinship, friendship, and cooperation.