ERIC Number: EJ1179227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Warm Bathwater of Working Life Slowly Ebbing Away: Retirement Stories and Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
Wright, Jeannie K.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v46 n3 p293-303 2018
"What am I without paid work?" Some would say, "A non-person." Others might say, "Free!" The experience of retirement is explored using creative writing for therapeutic purposes. Written from the perspective of fictional British retirees from different workplaces, the paper offers a view of how expressive and reflective writing can be both therapy and research at times of transition. Little in the literature on retirement in the UK uses the "experience near" approaches of writing as inquiry. This paper will point out some of the benefits of research methods that are "up close and personal", culturally embedded and embodied. Encouraging the use of playful, creative writing in individual counselling and in groups is one of the aims of this paper.
Descriptors: Retirement, Writing (Composition), Creative Writing, Foreign Countries, Counseling Techniques, Group Therapy, Reflection, Ethnography, Letters (Correspondence), Electronic Mail, Ethics, Poetry
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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