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7) Age has an important influence in shaping the  the value system of a person. Discuss. (250 words)

Topic- Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

7) Age has an important influence in shaping the  the value system of a person. Discuss. (250 words)


Directive word

Discuss- This is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. We also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail as to how age of a person shapes his/her value system.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a simple definition of value system. E.g A hierarchy of values that all moral agents possess, demonstrated by their choices etc.

Body- Discuss how age shapes the value system of a person. E.g

  • Discuss how historical events that impact on specific age cohorts (e.g., war, depression- materialist values are stronger) shape the value system of a particular age group.
  • Discuss how older persons have different values than the younger persons. E.g With age, security values may be more important because a safe, predictable environment is more critical as capacities to cope with change wane. Stimulation values may be less important because novelty and risk are more threatening. Conformity and tradition values may also be more important with age because accepted ways of doing things are less demanding and threatening.
  • Discuss the effect of life stage of a person. E.g Opportunities, demands, and constraints associated with life stages may cause age differences in values. The young people have  circumstances which encourage pursuit of achievement and stimulation values at the expense of security, conformity, and tradition values etc.

Take help of the article attached to the question to clarify your concept and to frame your answer.