Predicting satisfaction with life from generativity and identity threat: The experiences of indigenous Baka Forest People in Cameroon

2017 IJRSP – Volume 6 Issue 1


Fai, Robert D.*
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC, USA (


This research attempts to predict satisfaction with life from generativity – the desire to leave something for posterity and social identity threat. A randomized sample of 90 participants from two Baka communities was surveyed using the Loyola Generativity Scale (LGS), the stigma consciousness questionnaire (SCQ), and the satisfaction with life scales (SWLS). Multiple regression analysis indicated that one could predict SWL from concern for generativity and perception of identity threat. The findings stated that Baka ethnic people are dissatisfied with their life, have elevated levels of concern for generativity, and are extremely conscious of stigmatization by out-group members. The study has made suggestions for future research directions and possible program intervention strategies. Future research should embrace a bicultural comparative study of Baka and Bantu ethnic populations. Similarly, policy reforms should focus on augmenting wellbeing amongst the Baka indigenous people through the institution of evidence-based practices. For example, the establishments of new laws that will create and protect ethnic minority zones, and also, authorize the formation of a development fund which will facilitate the funding of new development initiatives. Furthermore, an ecological management board that incorporates Baka ethnic people in conservation projects will permit community participation in development and enhance general wellbeing.

Keywords: satisfaction with life; identity threat; generativity; indigenous populations



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