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The normative and the personal life: individual differences in life scripts and life story events among USA and Danish undergraduates.

dc.contributor.author Berntsen, D
dc.contributor.author Hutson, Michael
dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.coverage.spatial England
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-19T04:45:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19105087
dc.identifier 907094089
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10080
dc.description.abstract Life scripts are culturally shared expectations about the order and timing of life events in a prototypical life course. American and Danish undergraduates produced life story events and life scripts by listing the seven most important events in their own lives and in the lives of hypothetical people living ordinary lives. They also rated their events on several scales and completed measures of depression, PTSD symptoms, and centrality of a negative event to their lives. The Danish life script replicated earlier work; the American life script showed minor differences from the Danish life script, apparently reflecting genuine differences in shared events as well as less homogeneity in the American sample. Both consisted of mostly positive events that came disproportionately from ages 15 to 30. Valence of life story events correlated with life script valence, depression, PTSD symptoms, and identity. In the Danish undergraduates, measures of life story deviation from the life script correlated with measures of depression and PTSD symptoms.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof Memory
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1080/09658210802541442
dc.subject Adolescent
dc.subject Adult
dc.subject Cross-Cultural Comparison
dc.subject Denmark
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Interpersonal Relations
dc.subject Life Change Events
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Mental Recall
dc.subject Middle Aged
dc.subject Retention (Psychology)
dc.subject Students
dc.subject United States
dc.subject Young Adult
dc.title The normative and the personal life: individual differences in life scripts and life story events among USA and Danish undergraduates.
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19105087
pubs.begin-page 54
pubs.end-page 68
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 17
dc.identifier.eissn 1464-0686


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