Stories of life transition: subjective well-being and ego development in parents of children with down syndrome

Title

Stories of life transition: subjective well-being and ego development in parents of children with down syndrome

Creator

King LA; Scollon CK; Ramsey C; Williams T

Publisher

Journal Of Research In Personality

Date

2000

Subject

Growth; narrative; Down Syndrome; Parent caregiving; Subjective Well-Being; transition; Well Being; Well Being

Description

Eighty-seven parents of children with Down Syndrome (DS; 63 women, 24 men) wrote narratives about finding out that their child had DS and completed questionnaire measures of subjective well-being (SWB) and stress-related growth and completed the Sentence Completion Test as a measure of ego development. Forty-two of these individuals participated in a follow-up 2 years later. Foreshadowing and happy endings in the stories were related to heightened SWB at both time periods. Evidence of accommodative change—actively experiencing a paradigmatic shift—was related to stress-related growth and ego development at both time periods. A high sense of closure and accommodation in the stories was associated with the highest levels of stress-related growth. Implications for research on well-being and personal growth are discussed.
2000

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Citation

King LA; Scollon CK; Ramsey C; Williams T, “Stories of life transition: subjective well-being and ego development in parents of children with down syndrome,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 25, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12317.