This chapter covers research on what children have heard, or remember, about stories their parents have told them about their parents’ own lives. The reasons for telling these stories are discussed, as well as the costs and benefits of hearing and not hearing these stories as children work to develop their own personal identity.
Keywords: parent identities, nondisclosure, disclosure, parental transgressions, parental vulnerability, telling functions, parents’ stories, individuation, autonomy, intimacy, identity development, narrative ecology
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