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Meaning, coherence of self and health. An approach based on narratives of life events

Abstract : Using contributions from the fields of interactionist sociology and narrative studies and the results of an empirical study, in this article we examine the subject's mediation between life events and state of health. Examining narratives focusing on significant life events from 26 men and women aged between 51 and 73 from the administrative region of Ile de France, we suggest that dimensions of meaning and coherence of self need not be taken as internal dispositions, but rather as the product of sociocognitive work on self-narration. The characterisation of the types of causal relationships that the narrators establish between significant events and other events, situations or periods in their lives, opens up avenues for the development of a methodological tool to replace traditional ways of measuring sense of coherence and meaning/purpose in life using psychometric methods. This alternative perspective based on a conception of the self as narrative might provide a remedy for certain conceptual and methodological difficulties that are found within the field of coping research.
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Isabelle Ville, M Khlat. Meaning, coherence of self and health. An approach based on narratives of life events. Social science & medicine, Elsevier, 2007, 64 (4), pp.1001-1014. ⟨10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.10.014⟩. ⟨hal-03476864⟩



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