Family reminiscing creates a shared history and helps to maintain emotional bonds. Our projects examine parental reminiscing style with children from preschool through preteen, and family intergenerational narratives during adolescence and early adulthood.
Narratives are the way in which we make sense of the world and of our experiences, but when something senseless happens, how do we cope? We explore this question in college students, community samples, and individuals with specific types of trauma histories.
How may gender play a role in the narratives people tell? We examine the socialization of gendered narratives, as well as individual differences in adult gender identity in relation to how females and males tell the stories of their lives.