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“In Memoriam:” Narrative Identity in Emerging Adulthood
Hunter, Amanda
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Agreeableness ( jstor )
Conscientiousness ( jstor )
Death ( jstor )
Extroversion ( jstor )
Identity ( jstor )
Memory ( jstor )
Narratives ( jstor )
Nurturance ( jstor )
Personal growth ( jstor )
Questionnaires ( jstor )
Identity (Psychology)
Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The current study investigates emerging adults’ identity as represented in their ‘ultimate’ self-defining memories. Participants orally provided a self-defining memory narrative (Blagov & Singer, 2004) from their own life representing how they would like to be remembered after death. The Big Five Inventory and the Death Experience Questionnaire were also administered. Narratives were content-coded for Fundamentality of the event (Smith & Baltes, 1990), Event Type, (Thorne & McLean, 2002) and Identity Strivings (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism, Purpose in Life, and Personal Growth; Rammstedt & John, 2007; Ryff, 1989). Emerging adults most commonly want to be recalled as having been nurturing and compassionate (i.e., Agreeableness). They most frequently nominated events concerning meaningful relationships to be remembered by when they are gone. Interactions between Fundamentality, Event Type, and Identity Strivings also emerged. There were no Gender, Personality, or Death Experience effects. Findings are discussed in terms of how emerging adults’ views concerning how they will be remembered on death may motivate development in their trajectory across adulthood. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Science; Graduated May 8, 2012 summa cum laude. Major: Psychology
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College/School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Legacy honors title: Only abstract available from former Honors Program sponsored database.
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UF Honors Program sponosored database

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