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Exploring how lifespan experiences with car driving relate to narrative meaning-making older adults

Klukas, Isabelle Fabienne (2019) Exploring how lifespan experiences with car driving relate to narrative meaning-making older adults.

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Abstract:While it is well-known that the freedom of car driving has practical and social importance, its psychological importance is not much investigated. Eisenhandler (1990) stated that the possession of a driver’s license and driving activity, are positively related to identity. Since a number of studies have already investigated the importance of the possession of a driver’s license for one’s social identity, the aim of this Bachelor’s thesis was to explore the relevance of lifespan experiences with driving activity for narrative identity. Qualitative life story interviews were conducted with six German older adults. Through holistic content analysis (Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, & Zilber, 1998) the major themes and meanings that appeared in the participants’ narratives were extracted. Outcomes showed that participants focused on a variety of themes within their narratives. Generally, driving activity seemed to be relevant for all participants’ narrative identities. Overall, driving activity seemed to have a stronger and more personal relevance for the narrative identities of the female participants but only rather practical importance for the male participants. Driving cessation seemed to generally have a practical significance for the interviewees but no relation to their narrative identity.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78236
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