Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Department

Division of Psychology and Counseling

School

Graduate School

Abstract

This article examines how four guidelines for sharing reminiscences with kin soon to be married enhanced the self-understanding of older adults while helping kin to recognize patterns they are bringing into the marriage. The first guideline is to tape record or videotape the meeting with kin. The second is that the kin be physically present to question and elaborate upon the reviewers' memories. The third is that the reviewers avoid discussions about relationships involving generations younger than their own. The final guideline is that the reviewers have facilitators reconvene the original groups to hear their accounts of the meeting with the younger kin. The reviewers share what occurred; the members note the differences between reviewers' current and original interpretations of their reminiscences; the reviewers then take from the meeting the cumulative insights from both their memories and the feedback of their group.

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