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ERIC Number: EJ917989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Autobiographical Reasoning: Arguing and Narrating from a Biographical Perspective
Habermas, Tilmann
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n131 p1-17 Spr 2011
Autobiographical reasoning is the activity of creating relations between different parts of one's past, present, and future life and one's personality and development. It embeds personal memories in a culturally, temporally, causally, and thematically coherent life story. Prototypical autobiographical arguments are presented. Culture and socializing interactions shape the development of autobiographical reasoning especially in late childhood and adolescence. Situated at the intersection of cognitive and narrative development and autobiographical memory, autobiographical reasoning contributes to the development of personality and identity, is instrumental in efforts to cope with life events, and helps to create a shared history.
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Language: English
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