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“In taking up the topic of ethics and narrative inquiry, The Narrative Study of Lives rightfully establishes itself as the site where the most critical theoretical, methodological, and interpretive work on narrative in the human disciplines is now occurring. The editor and the contributors to this volume are to be thanked for their deeply probing, forward-looking analyses of the ethical problems that arise when researchers produce narratives about persons with whom close personal relationships have been formed.” --Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “All of us who work with life-history narratives are grateful to Dr. Josselson and her colleagues for moving us step-by-step toward a discipline with definable ethics and methodology, and at the same time holding up for us the incredible diversity of ...

Chapter 7: Who Benefits from an Examined Life? Correlates of Influence Attributed to Participation in a Longitudinal Study

Who Benefits from an Examined Life? Correlates of Influence Attributed to Participation in a Longitudinal Study
Who benefits from an examined life? Correlates of influence attributed to participation in a longitudinal study
GailAgronick, RavennaHelson

Those of us who study lives are aware that we influence the lives that we examine—perhaps very little, perhaps a great deal. Typically, we interview, observe, or have other interactions with selected individuals, sometimes making contact with family members and acquaintances as well. Our interests structure their recollections and may form new patterns of association. We may make interpretations of their lives that we share with them while preserving their anonymity, or in the case of prominent figures, we may even change the way they are perceived by the general public.

Although it is ...

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