IOSSBR 2018

International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research is an international society of scholars, academicians, and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting.  IOSSBR has a wide range of participation from various countries. In the last decade IOSSBR has had participants from 35 different countries around the world. 

 

"Exploring Generation Alpha, Helicopter Parenting, and Implications for Future Generation Alpha"
Hasmek Siwajian, Janar Tovar, Dr. Lani Fraizer

This session introduces Generation Y, helicopter approaches and their implications for the future Generation Alpha. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are defined as individuals born between 1980 and the mid to late 1990’s (Thompson and Gregory, 2012). While literature generally refer to millennials as having strong work ethics, ambition, and initiative (Alexander and Sysko, 2012, Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zickuhr, 2010), others have referred to them as being narcissistic and entitled (Credo, Lanier, Matherne III, & Cox, 2016; Laird, Harvey, & Lancaster, 2015). Narcissism is characterized by vanity and self-centeredness (Faillace, Hussain, Fraizer, Miramontes, Madjidi, in progress).   Millennials have also been portrayed as needy, high maintenance, overly self-absorbed, resistant to constructive criticism, and disloyal, with 60% of employed millennials have changed jobs at least once in their career (Thompson et al., 2012; Giambastista, Hoover, & Tribble, 2017; Credo et al., 2016). They are also deemed twice as likely to leave accompany within one year of hire (Alexander et al., 2012). On the other hand, they are also known to be highly motivated, eager to work in teams, and socially concerned (Howe and Strauss, 2000).

Literatures suggests that these Generation Y characteristics may have largely been shaped by helicopter or child-centric parents, who give frequent positive feedback and reassurance, and exhibited a “trophies for all” attitude, which create unrealistic expectations in children who cannot comprehend that not everyone wins and their efforts may result in failure (Alexander et al., 2012; Laird et al., 2015; Thompson et al., 2012; Spinney, 2012; Frey & Tatum, 2016). Some literature even suggests that causes of narcissism may be parental overvaluation in which a child is treated as a unique and special person and receives excessive amount of attention from parents (Daniel, Mckinney, & Kimsey, 2017). This paper investigates literature on the aforementioned, and aims to explore further literature on parenting strategies and its implications the future workforce – the Generation Alphas between 2010 – 2025 (Carter, 2016).

KEY TERMS

Millennials, narcissism, entitlement, generation alpha, parenting strategies, workforce development

 

REFERFENCES

Alexander, C. S. 1., & Sysko, J. M. 2. (2012). A study of the cognitive determinants of generation Y's entitlement mentality. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 16(2), 63-68. 

Carter, C. (2016, December 21). The complete guide to generation alpha, the children of the millennials. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinecarter/2016/12/21/the-complete-guide-to-generation-alpha-the-children-of-millennials/#9c87afe36236

Credo, K. R., Lanier, P. A., IIIMatherne, C. F., & Cox, S. S. (2016). Narcissism and entitlement in millennials: The mediating influence of community service self-efficacy on engagement. Personality & Individual Differences, 101, 192-195. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.370

Faillace, J., Hussain, A., Fraizer, L., Miramontes, G., Madjidi, F. (2016). A glimpse into psychopathic leadership.

Submitted for the International Journal for Global Leadership. Frey, T. K., & Tatum, N. T. (2016). FORUM: Instructional communication and millennial students: Hoverboards and "hovermoms": Helicopter parents and their influence on millennial students' rapport with instructors. Communication Education, 65(3), 359-361. 

Giambatista, R. C., Hoover, J. D., & Tribble, L. (2017). Millennials, learning, and development: Managing complexity avoidance and narcissism. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 20(3), 176-193. doi:10.1037/mgr0000056

Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials rising: The next great generation. New York: Vintage.

Laird, M. D., Harvey, P., & Lancaster, J. (2015). Accountability, entitlement, tenure, and satisfaction in generation Y. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30(1), 87-100. doi:10.1108/JMP-08-2014-0227

Lenhart, A., Purcell, K., Smith, A., Zickuhr, K., & Pew Internet & American, Life Project. (2010). Social media & mobile internet use among teens and young adults. millennials. (). Pew Internet & American Life Project. 

McCrindle, M., & Wolfinger, E. (2009). The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the global generations. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.

McDaniel, A. K., McKinney, B. C., & Kimsey, W. D. (2017). The effect of narcissism on conflict management message style preference: A look at millennials. American Communication Journal, 19(1), 1-10. 

Spinney, L. (2012). All about me. New Scientist, 214(2862), 44-47. 

Thompson, C., & Gregory, J. B. (2012). Managing millennials: A framework for improving attraction, motivation, and retention. Psychologist-Manager Journal (Taylor & Francis Ltd), 15(4), 237-246. doi:10.1080/10887156.2012.730444

Twenge, J. M., & Campbell, S. M. (2008). Generational differences in psychological traits and their impact on the workplace. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23(8), 862-877. doi:10.1108/02683940810904367


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"Generation Alpha, Generation Glass, Screenagers"
Hasmek Siwajian

Generation Alpha, the population born between 2010 – 2025, are also known as Generation Glass & Screenagers. From infancy, Generation Alpha were told to touch, swipe, and interact with glass as pacifiers, entertainers and educational aids. These digital natives were born in the year the iPad was launched, Instagram was created and “app” was the word of the year. (McCrindle and Wolfinger, 2009; Carter, 2016). In addition, Generation Alpha have a greater chance of growing up selfish and demanding instant gratification, similarly to their millennial parents who are often categorized as having the same characteristics. This future workforce is one component in their parents’ stressed-out, multi-tasking lives that grab their attention. As a result, they are more likely to grow up overindulged, materially endowed and technologically literate (Alexander and Sysko, 2012; Credo et al., 2016; Giambasta et al., 2017).

 

References

Alexander, C. S. 1., & Sysko, J. M. 2. (2012). A study of the cognitive determinants of generation Y's entitlement mentality. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 16(2), 63-68. 

Carter, C. (2016, December 21). The complete guide to generation alpha, the children of the millennials. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinecarter/2016/12/21/the-complete-guide-to-generation-alpha-the-children-of-millennials/#9c87afe36236

Credo, K. R., Lanier, P. A., IIIMatherne, C. F., & Cox, S. S. (2016). Narcissism and entitlement in millennials: The mediating influence of community service self-efficacy on engagement. Personality & Individual Differences, 101, 192-195. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.370

McCrindle, M., & Wolfinger, E. (2009). The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the global generations. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.

Giambatista, R. C., Hoover, J. D., & Tribble, L. (2017). Millennials, learning, and development: Managing complexity avoidance and narcissism. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 20(3), 176-193. doi:10.1037/mgr0000056


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