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Aging and Biography

SKU# 9780826189813

Explorations in Adult Development


  • James E. Birren PhD
  • Gary Kenyon PhD
  • Jan-Erik Ruth PhD
  • Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD
  • Torbjorn Svensson PhD

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Personal life narratives can serve as a rich source of new insights into the experience of human aging. In this comp;rehensive volume, an international team of editors and contributors provide effective approaches to using biography to enhance our understanding of adult development. In addition to providing new theoretical aspects on aging and biography, the book also details new developments concerning the practical use of different biographical approaches in both research and clinical work. This is a landmark volume advancing the use of narrative approaches in gerontology.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 01, 2004
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826189813
  • EISBN 9780826189820

Table of Contents 

  1. Biography in Adult Development and Aging, J.-E Ruth and G.M. Kenyon
  2. The Meaning/Value of Personal Storytelling, G.M. Kenyon
  3. Emotionality and Continuity in Biographical Contexts, W. Mader
  4. Studying Older Lives: Reciprocal Acts of Telling and Listening, B.J. Cohler and T.R. Cole
  5. Narrative Knowing and the Study of Lives, D.E. Polkinghorne
  6. Competence and Quality of Life: Theoretical Views of Biography, T. Svensson
  7. The Fractal Structure of Lives: Continuity and Discontinuity in Autobiography, J.J.F. Schroots
  8. Narrating the Self in Adulthood, D.P. McAdams
  9. The Complexity of Personal Narratives, B. de Vries and A.J. Lehman
  10. Ways of Life: Old Age in a Life History Perspective, J.-E. Ruth and P. Oberg
  11. Experienced Aging as Elucidated by Narratives, R.-L. Heikkinen
  12. Beyond Life Narratives in the Therapeutic Encounter, K.J. Gergen
  13. Restorying a Life: Adult Education and Transformative Learning, W.L. Randall
  14. Life Review and Reminiscence in Nursing Practice, I. Burnside
  15. Biographical Assessment in Community Care, B. Gearing and P. Coleman
  16. Autobiography: Exploring the Self and Encouraging Development, J.E. Birren and B.A. Birren

  17. References