Narrative foreclosure bij ouderen : de samenhang tussen narrative foreclosure en self-defining memories

Knaack, N.C. (2010) Narrative foreclosure bij ouderen : de samenhang tussen narrative foreclosure en self-defining memories.

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Abstract:Narrative foreclosure is the “premature conviction that one’s life has effectively ended” (Freeman, p. 83, 2000). Narrative foreclosure is characterized by a strong wish to rewrite one’s past and to change the life course. At the same time is it unknown how this can be done. This quantitative and qualitative Master thesis is the first study in the field of Narrative foreclosure. In this study Narrative foreclosure at the age of 50 and older was investigated in the relationship with self-defining memories. Narrative foreclosure was divided into two factors: Narrative foreclosure for the past and Narrative foreclosure for the future. 177 people participated in this study. The self-defining memories were coded according to Blagov and Singer’s classification system and scoring manual (2000/1). It was expected that the three aspects of the self-defining memories (Specificity, Integration, and Valence) are independently related to Narrative foreclosure. It was further expected that this relationship will still be significant if it was controlled for background variables (working situation, health, and education level). It was found that participants that wrote down more negative memories were more narrative foreclosed for the past. In particular, participants with currently negative feelings about their memories were more narrative foreclosed for the past. Furthermore, participants with low education level and those that are not (paid) working, are more narrative foreclosed for the past. In order to prevent Narrative foreclosure it was therefore recommended to offer immediate (professional) support for those people that experience negative events.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60472
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