Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Guided Autobiography Themes for Older Adult United States War Veterans
by Julian, Amber, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 44; 10263727
Abstract (Summary)

Guided Autobiography is a process of writing, sharing and preserving one’s life stories and life experiences. It leads one down a path through vast stores of memories, leading to an increased awareness and appreciation of having lived through so much.

The purpose of this study was to adapt Birren’s Guided Autobiography (GAB) program for U. S. veterans 65 years of age and older. The themes developed for this study were based on Birren’s nine themes for conducting autobiography groups. It was tailored to include themes relevant to older adult war veterans. Local veterans were interviewed and asked about past war experiences. The responses were recorded and analyzed using qualitative research methods. GAB serves to assist Gerontologists, Social Workers and other Health Practitioners in that it helps to provide insight into veterans’ experiences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
Commitee: Svensson, Cheryl, White, Barbara
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Gerontology, Guided autobiography, Life story, Older adults, Veterans
Publication Number: 10263727
ISBN: 9781369828436
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