Research Methods for Studying Narrative Identity: A Primer

Jonathan M. Adler*, William L. Dunlop, Robyn Fivush, Jennifer P. Lilgendahl, Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Dan P. McAdams, Kate C. McLean, Monisha Pasupathi, Moin Syed

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Abstract

This article provides a primer for researchers seeking an introduction to quantitative narrative research methods. It represents a consensus document of most common practices used by the coauthors. Key elements of conducting narrative research (e.g., asking narrative questions, designing narrative prompts, collecting narratives, coding narratives) are discussed along with limitations to this approach and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-527
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • narrative identity
  • narrative methods
  • personality development
  • personality structure
  • self/identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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    Adler, J. M., Dunlop, W. L., Fivush, R., Lilgendahl, J. P., Lodi-Smith, J., McAdams, D. P., McLean, K. C., Pasupathi, M., & Syed, M. (2017). Research Methods for Studying Narrative Identity: A Primer. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(5), 519-527. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550617698202