Relations between the functions of autobiographical memory and psychological wellbeing

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Abstract

Researchers have proposed that autobiographical memory serves three basic functions in everyday life: self-definition, social connection, and directing behaviour (e.g., Bluck, Alea, Habermas, & Rubin, 2005). However, no research has examined relations between the functions of autobiographical memory and healthy functioning (i.e., psychological wellbeing). The present research examined the relations between the self, social, and directive functions of autobiographical memory and three factors of psychological wellbeing in single and recurring autobiographical memories. A total of 103 undergraduate students were recruited and provided ratings of each function for four autobiographical memories (two single, two recurring events). Results found that individuals who use their autobiographical memories to serve self, social, and directive functions reported higher levels of Purpose and Communion and Positive Relationships, and that these relations differ slightly by event type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-275
Number of pages11
JournalMemory
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

Keywords

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Directive
  • Function
  • Self
  • Social
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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