Narrative Development in Adolescence

Creating the Storied Self

  • Kate C. McLean
  • Monisha Pasupathi

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Elaine Reese, Chen Yan, Fiona Jack, Harlene Hayne
    Pages 23-43
  3. Trisha L. Weeks, Monisha Pasupathi
    Pages 65-91
  4. Michael W. Pratt, Joan E. Norris, Heather Lawford, Mary Louise Arnold
    Pages 93-112
  5. M. Kyle Matsuba, Gavin Elder, Franca Petrucci, Kevin S. Reimer
    Pages 131-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-237

About this book


The need to establish a narrative self reaches an important peak during adolescence as teens work to understand life events and establish their self-identity. The first book to examine narrative development during adolescence in depth, Narrative Development in Adolescence: Creating the Storied Self, focuses on both stable and at-risk youth as they construct, organize, and tell their life stories and link these stories to larger developmental contexts as they grow to maturity.

Renowned specialists identify such core skills as reflection, meaning making, and decision making as well as crucial domains, including autonomy and moral agency evolving across normative adolescence, and relate them to the narrative process. Deficits in these key areas are seen in the more contradictory and incoherent stories narrated by delinquent youth, teenage mothers, and victims of war and violence. In addition, these themes are observed as adolescents process and interpret the narratives of others.

This volume offers insights into the crucial task of identity development, and explores new possibilities for counseling and therapy. Its authoritative and accessible coverage:

  • Examines the relationships between narrative and developmental outcomes
  • Identifies normative and problematic issues in adolescents across cultures and social backgrounds in the United States, Canada, Germany, the former Yugoslavia, and New Zealand
  • Offers current research on adolescent narrative development, with attention to theoretical bases and methodological issues
  • Discusses the roles of parents, grandparents, and peers in shaping narratives
  • Features case studies of narratives from at-risk youth
  • Includes findings on how early narrative development predicts narrative identifying adolescence

Narrative Development in Adolescence is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students in developmental, clinical child, and school psychology as well as allied mental health and education fields. It is a must-have volume for anyone conducting research or working with adolescents to ensure their healthy development and successful transition to adulthood.


Adolescence Developmental Psychology Identity Life Story Narrative Development Narrative Self Normative Development Pathological Development Peers Risk Self attention development morality school psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Kate C. McLean
    • 1
  • Monisha Pasupathi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA
  2. 2.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-89824-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-89825-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
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