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The Dutch Future Self-Continuity scale and its relation to narrative psychology

Wolff, J. (2015) The Dutch Future Self-Continuity scale and its relation to narrative psychology.

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Abstract:The Future Self-Continuity (FSC) Scale was developed in 2009 by Ersner-Hershfield et al. for assessing perceived future self-continuity. The aim of this study was to construct a Dutch version and to research its potential relevance for narrative psychology. The FSC Scale was translated using the forward-backward method and subsequently pre-tested with a convenience sample comprised of seven respondents, using the Three-Step Test-Interview method. Feedback received during the pre-test was us used to improve the scale, resulting in an understandable and culturally and semantically equivalent Dutch version. After this the associations between future self-continuity and resilience, flourishing, mental health, temporal discounting and the Big Five personality traits were researched in an online survey study (N=83, convenience sample). No significant correlations between future self-continuity and these constructs were found. Based on this study it remains unclear what the importance of future self-continuity for narrative psychology is. Possible explanations for the lack of significant correlations and future directions for research are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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