Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Narrative Approaches with Older Adults

  • Sunil S. BharEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_95-1



Narrative = a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.

People are storytellers. From fireplaces to crowded cinemas, humans are immersed in the telling, sharing, and receiving of stories. Stories are exchanged to entertain, to express values, to form social connections, to make sense of experiences, and to teach. People understand their current experiences, anticipate the future, and reflect on the past, through stories (McAdams and McLean 2013). As social beings, individuals construct their sense of who they are – their identity – through the telling of stories. The telling of stories, or the narrative, offers a reconstruction of memories of past events and expectations of the future, in such a way that the story no longer simply is a disjointed and factual account of one’s experiences, but rather a simplified...


Palliative Care Narrative Approach Expressive Writing Complicated Grief Narrative Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesSwinburne University of Technology H99HawthornAustralia