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The Co-authored SelfFamily Stories and the Construction of Personal Identity$
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Kate C. McLean

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199995745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199995745.001.0001

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Parents’ Stories

Parents’ Stories

Children’s Identities

(p.101) 7 Parents’ Stories
The Co-authored Self

Kate C. McLean

Oxford University Press

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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