The nature of narrative coherence

An empirical approach

Jonathan M. Adler, Theo Waters, Justin Poh, Sophia Seitz

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    Coherence represents a foundational element of personal narratives, but the empirical nature of narrative coherence remains elusive. The present study applied an inductive empirical approach to determining the structure of narrative coherence, exploring shared and unique contributions from different established coding systems. Life stories from a diverse sample of 158 community adults were coded using three common coding systems for operationalizing narrative coherence (Baerger & McAdams, 1999; Lysaker, Clements, Plascak-Hallberg, Knipscheer, & Wright, 2002; Reese et al., 2011). Principle components analysis indicated three components, which were labeled Temporal Detail, Psychological Context, and Meaning/Interpretation. The three components do not map onto the existing coding systems in a one-to-one manner. This study suggests future directions for the quantitative study of narrative coherence.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)30-34
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Research in Personality
    Volume74
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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    Keywords

    • Coherence
    • Development
    • Identity
    • Narrative

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Psychology(all)

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    The nature of narrative coherence : An empirical approach. / Adler, Jonathan M.; Waters, Theo; Poh, Justin; Seitz, Sophia.

    In: Journal of Research in Personality, Vol. 74, 01.06.2018, p. 30-34.

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    Adler, Jonathan M. ; Waters, Theo ; Poh, Justin ; Seitz, Sophia. / The nature of narrative coherence : An empirical approach. In: Journal of Research in Personality. 2018 ; Vol. 74. pp. 30-34.
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