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Exploring the Topics of Turning Points in Emerging Adults’ Narratives

Andrioti, E.K.A. (2023) Exploring the Topics of Turning Points in Emerging Adults’ Narratives.

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Abstract:This study employs a mixed-methods approach to investigate the experiences of emerging adults (N=145) and explores the potential of computer-based analysis, specifically topic modeling, to uncover new topics in their narratives. The analysis revealed seven distinct topics, including “Father's journey of growth and changes in family and work”, “Education, making decisions, and becoming a parent”, “Relationships and transitioning into a new life”, “Life experiences”, “Parenthood and family dynamics”, “Exploring beliefs” and “Realizations”. Remarkably, the study identified "Exploring beliefs" as a significant turning point, which has not been previously identified in the literature. Despite several limitations, the results have important implications for interventions and programs that aim to promote positive development during this stage of life. Future research should explore methods to effectively distinguish between transitions and turning points within narratives, consider a more diverse sample to capture a broader range of turning points, and increase the number of topics in the analysis.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:57 mining engineering, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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