ERIC Number: ED241877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Spirtual Well-Being through Life Histories.
Hateley, B. J.
This paper describes the content, techniques, and benefits of a life history course, which was designed to extend the traditional goal of psychological development through autobiography into a spiritual context. The three major components of the course are described. The format of the lectures is presented, focusing on concepts, ideas, and tools used in spiritual understanding and autobiography, e.g., life-span developmental psychology, theories of moral and spiritual development, and theories of the self. Weekly writing assignments, which integrate the various themes of life (family, health, work, money, death, sexual development, moral development) with spiritual development, are described, along with the small group discussions held at the end of each class to share insights gained through the written assignments. The use and benefits of three special techniques, i.e., open ended statements, natural world metaphors, and sensitizing questions, are discussed. The paper concludes with a discussion of the benefits of the course to its participants and suggestions for adapting the techniques to other settings and populations. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Review
Note: Presented as part of a paper session "Ethnographic and Life History Perspectives on Aging" at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (36th, San Francisco, CA, November 17-22, 1983).