Recording now available: QUAHRC Seminar: Robyn Fivush on Family Storytelling and Child Well-Being

Thurs 21 Sept 2023, 14:00 to 15:00
Online - Zoom
Headshot of Robyn Fivush
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Seminar abstract

Stories are fundamentally the way in which humans make sense of their lived experience and create a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Within families, stories of personal experiences, shared family experiences and family history are told and retold in everyday interactions. In this talk, Robyn discussed the forms and functions of family storytelling and review research from the Family Narratives Lab demonstrating how family storytelling is related to multiple aspects of child and adolescent well-being across development.

The seminar was chaired by Emma Maynard, with time for questions following Robyn's talk.

Speaker biography

Robyn Fivush is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Emory University, where she has been on the faculty since 1984.  She received her PhD from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 1983 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at San Diego from 1983 to 1984.  She is a Fellow of both APA and APS.  Her research focuses on the social construction of autobiographical memory and the relations among memory, narrative, identity, trauma, and coping. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters, co-edited 7 books, and authored 2 books, including her most recent book, “Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self.