Narrative interview in the study and support of adolescent adaptive identity development
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SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny, Instytut Psychologii
Submission date: 2023-02-13
Acceptance date: 2023-03-23
Publication date: 2023-05-30
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Izabella Haertlé   

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Psychoter 2022;203(4):61-85
The purpose of the study was to see if the narrative interview method has a positive effect on the adaptation and psychological functioning of young people at risk of maladjustment.

30 Life History interviews following McAdams [1, 2] were conducted among youth from sociotherapy centres (aged 18-20, 16 women), with control of the variables describing feelings for oneself and others according to the model proposed by Hermans in the Self-Confrontation Method [3]. The research was both quantitative and qualitative. Part of the quantitative research in an experimental model with a control group was described by Haertlé and Oleś [4].

The narrative interview promotes better adjustment and contributes to increased self-esteem and improved relationships with others by supporting the process of constructing a narrative identity. It also allows the process of identity formation to be traced in terms of changes in maladjustment and adaptation. Subjects report a greater sense of insight into their life history, and an increased awareness of the purpose and meaning of life.

The interview can be part of therapeutic interventions intended for young people at risk of maladjustment by supporting their identity and personality development.

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