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

Bakir-Demir, Tugce
Reese, Elaine
Şahin Acar, Başak
Tursel, Elif Gizem
In 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.
Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition


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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?,” Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, pp. 0–0, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: