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[Narrative Psychology]

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Adult & Gerontological Issues: Narrative Across the Lifespan



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Background Issues



Theorists*Key Figures



Internet Resouces


Bibliographical Resources

Gattuso, S., & Saw, C. (1998). Humanistic education in gerontology: A case study using narrative. Educational Gerontology, 24, 279-285.

Hinton, W. L., & Levkoff, S. (1999). Constructing Alzheimer's: Narrative of lost identities, confusion and loneliness in old age. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 23, 453-475.

Kemper, S., Rash, S., Kynette, D., & Norman, S. (1990). Telling stories: The structure of adults' narratives. Special Issue: Cognitive gerontology. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 2, 205-228.

The narratives of 62 elderly Ss (aged 60-90 yrs) were studied in order to discover age-related changes in structure, syntax, content, and cohesion.

Kenyon, G. M., & Randall, W. L. (1999). Introduction: Narrative gerontology. Journal of Aging Studies, 13, 1-15

Kenyon, G. M., Ruth, J-E., & Mader, W. (1999). Elements of a narrative gerontology. In V. L. Bengtson & K. W. Schaie (Eds.), Handbook of theories of aging (pp. 40-58). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Kenyon, G. M., Clark, P. G., & de Vries, B. (Eds.). Narrative gerontology: Theory, research, practice. New York, NY: Springer.

A major compendium which, in a certain sense, marks the maturation of a new approach in the understanding of aging and old age.

Koch, T. (1990). Mirrored lives: Aging children and elderly parents. New York: Praeger.

A popular book told by a son which details the issues of children caring for their aging parents.

McAdams, D. P., Josselson, R., & Lieblich, A. (Eds.). (2001). Turns in the road: Narrative studies of lives in transition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Focusing upon both early adulthood (late adolescence) and middle adulthood, the papers in this interdisciplinary volume (one in the series The Narrative Study of Lives) probe the experience of change and move from one identity status to another. The authors brought together by the editorial team are among the most crucial researchers in the field.

North, A. J., Ulatowska, H. K., Macaluso-Haynes, S., & Bell, H. (1986). Discourse performance in older adults. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 23, 267-83.

Rosenberg, S. D., Rosenberg, H. J., & Farrell, M. P. (1999). The midlife crisis revisited. In S. L. Willis and J. D. Reid (Eds.), Life in the middle: Psychological and social development in middle age (pp. 47-73). San Diego, CA: Academic Press, Inc.


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