Relationships among Personal Life Stories, Vicarious Life Stories about Mothers and Fathers, and Well-being

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We examined whether vicarious life stories about mothers and fathers differed in their relationships with personal life stories and well-being. Seventy-six emerging adults completed scales measuring well-being and described three chapters in their personal, mothers’, and fathers’ life stories. Chapters were self-rated and content coded for emotional tone and positive/negative person change. Characteristics of personal life stories were positively correlated with characteristics of vicarious life stories for mothers and fathers. Personal life stories were higher on positive person change than vicarious life stories about mothers and fathers. Higher well-being was related to rating all three life stories as more positive, but results for content coding were more mixed. The results indicate that vicarious life stories for mothers and fathers are related in similar ways to personal life stories and well-being.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIdentity
Vol/bind19
Nummer3
Sider (fra-til)230-243
Antal sider14
ISSN1528-3488
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2019

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