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Krytyczne wydarzenia życiowe i ich znaczenie w biografiach seniorów
Critical Life Events and Their Impact on Seniors’ Biographies

Author(s): Karolina Kuryś-Szyncel, Aleksandra Błachnio
Subject(s): Higher Education , Gerontology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: critical life events; old age; wisdom

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the preliminary results of a wider intergenerational study on critical life events. A background analysis of theoretical works on critical life events has led to the selection of criteria (such as the unexpectedness of an event, unpredictability of its effects, its equivocation, type and the nature of life changes itcauses) that were used to review the collected narratives of the respondents. The authors attempt to reconstruct critical life events that are the most typical and significant in the biographies of seniors. The seniors’ temporal perspective (decline of life, time of summaries) encourages a more reflective narration that unveils the rich exemplification of potential effective and ineffective life strategies, the subjective quality of life, and the basis of life wisdom.

  • Issue Year: 10/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 114-136
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish