This dissertation aims to understand various developmental decision making phenomena associated with turning points in the lives of middle-aged adults. More specifically, the decision processes of persons who lived in pre-war Nazi Germany were studied in relation to their decisions around emigration, based on their memoirs. The source material is from an archive located at Houghton Library, Harvard University, entitled “My Life in Germany before and after January 30, 1933,” collected in 1939–40. The study reveals three main reasons given for deciding to emigrate, the loss of employment opportunities, a feeling of moral repugnance for the Nazi regime, and an experience of physical threat. Developmental findings related to the turning point, following Maslow, revealed coping abilities amid an atmosphere of tension, reflecting maintained attainment of adult functioning and a persistent sense of self. Turning point findings supported an extended rather than pinpoint definition of the turning point.
|Advisor:||Douthit, Kathryn Z.|
|Commitee:||Borus, Daniel, Marquis, Andre|
|School:||University of Rochester|
|Department:||Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Decision making, Emigration, Maslow, Memoir, Nazi Germany, Turning point|
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