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Het leven als verhaal : de ontwikkeling van een meetinstrument voor Narrative Foreclosure

Horst, M. ter (2010) Het leven als verhaal : de ontwikkeling van een meetinstrument voor Narrative Foreclosure.

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Abstract:Goal: Narrative foreclosure is the conviction that one’s life story will not substantially change anymore on the basis of new experiences in the (near) future and having a negative perspective on life. The goal of this study was to develop a questionnaire to measure narrative foreclosure. The expectation was finding three themes out of the results (rewriting, avoidance and closure). Furthermore a connection was expected between the narrative foreclosure components and reminiscence functions as described in the Reminiscence Function Scale and a connection with the search for and experience of meaning in life and depression. Method: 307 respondents of the age ranking 65 to 96 (M age = 73, SD = 7) participated in this study. Complementary questionnaires were the Reminiscence Function Scale (RFS), the Meaning of Life Questionnaire (MLQ) and the Geriatric Depression Scale 8 (GDS 8). The results have been analysed with SPSS 16.0. Using the principal component analysis with varimax rotation and reliability analysis for item analysis. The Pearson correlation coefficients (two tailed) were determined by bivariate correlation analysis and by lineair regression analysis. Results: After removing 18 items by itemanalysis, it can be concluded that the remaining 32 items form a reliable questionnaire. Consisting of three components: (1) Rewriting, (2) Avoidance, (3) Not telling, with an internal consistancy of over .80. For the most part the results support the expectation. Discussion: Remarkable is the lack of correlation between the component avoidance and the component not telling. And the lack of correlation between the narrative foreclosure components and the experience of meaning in life. despite of the limitations this investigation seems a succesfull first attempt to get a grip on narrative foreclosure. Results from this study can be used to improve the questionnaire for use in the future
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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