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Narrating Difficult Experiences – A Cultural Framework For Telling Identity Narratives in Sweden

Conference contribution
Authors Py Liv Eriksson
Kate McLean
Ann Frisén
Published in The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) 26th Annual Conference, Naples, Italy, May 13-15
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Psychology


This study investigates a cultural framework for telling identity narratives of difficult life experiences among Swedish adults, and relations between narrative patterns and well-being. Narratives of life challenges were collected from 116 participants (M = 33.28, SD = .54, n = 58 women). Inductive coding was employed examining variations in ending valence. Four emotional endings were found: Neutral/vague ending, Negative ending, Redemptive ending and a Combination of positive and negative ending. Redemptive endings were associated with more life satisfaction than negative endings and Neutral/vague endings were related to less psychological distress than negative endings.

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