Identity Narratives during the Adult Years

Jane Kroger and Kate C. McLean

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Identity Narratives during the Adult Years

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In this chapter, we will review and synthesize theory and research in both the adult identity formation and adult learning (more specifically, meaning-making) literatures that address mechanisms for both undergoing identity change as well as maintaining continuity in the course of identity development during adulthood. Based on this review, we will focus, in particular, on times of adult identity transitions and proceed to derive principles for the establishment of intervention programs to assist adults during times of major identity change. We will then provide an example of how identity change processes in adulthood can be addressed and facilitated through personal learning experiences and conclude with a statement of how periods of identity transitions present ideal opportunities for both learning and identity development during adult life.

Keywords: identity; meaning-making; identity transitions; applications

Article.  9978 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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