Vicarious Family Stories of Turkish Young, Middle-Aged, and Older Adults: Are Family Stories Related to Well-Being?

2021-01-01
Bakir-Demir, Tugce
Reese, Elaine
Şahin Acar, Başak
Tursel, Elif Gizem
© 2020 Society for Applied Research in Memory and CognitionIn the current study, we examined whether vicarious family stories are linked to family climate and well-being among young, middle-aged, and older adults across two different samples. In total, there were 168 triads of Turkish families (N = 504). Across Sample 1 (written narratives) and Sample 2 (spoken narratives), we found a significant link between family climate and well-being. In addition, participants from Sample 2 who experienced better family climate narrated more coherent family stories. The results also revealed that participants from Sample 1 who rated their stories as more emotionally positive and participants from Sample 2 who included more identity connections in their stories reported higher levels of well-being. Overall, our findings emphasise the links to well-being for family climate and family stories, and highlight the importance of capturing different characteristics of vicarious stories (elicited via different methods) across generations.
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T. Bakir-Demir, E. Reese, B. Şahin Acar, and E. G. Tursel, “Vicarious Family Stories of Turkish Young, Middle-Aged, and Older Adults: Are Family Stories Related to Well-Being?,” pp. 0–0, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?partnerID=HzOxMe3b&scp=85101342712&origin=inward.