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ERIC Number: ED262354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Loss and Transcendence Life Themes.
Weenolsen, Patricia
Psychologists have often observed an underlying pattern or theme in the accounts that individuals give of their lives. To test a humanistic-existential approach to human development, 48 women were interviewed with the Loss and Transcendence (L/T) Life History Form. The L/T Life Theme is expressed in two ways: the expanded version includes the major events, relationships, or experiences contributing to the theme and the core version is a brief bipolar pattern of loss and transcendence. Each subject's protocol was analyzed for themes: major events and relationships as related by the interviewee were listed and repetitions, amount of attention, and significance of events were noted. From the 48 life histories and 5 pilot study histories, 53 case histories were constructed with 53 L/T Life Themes. The results yielded persuasive evidence for the existence of life themes consisting of patterns of loss and transcendence over the life span. Three origins of L/T Life Themes were found: (1) a traumatic life event; (2) a cognitive perception and organization of one's life experiences; and (3) the internalization of both parents. A qualitative analysis of the protocols yielded substantial evidence that life losses were metaphorical of the death of the self and transcendence was metaphorical of the immortality of the self. It is concluded that the L/T Life Theme forms a major conceptual contribution within the L/T approach to life span development. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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