Both implicit and existential meaning are important constructs in fully understanding human experience. The editors of this volume present a forum for an array of viewpoints and recent research that address the notion of optimal human growth.

The Development of a Culturally Sensitive Measure of Sources of Life Meaning

The development of a culturally sensitive measure of sources of life meaning
EdwardPrager, RivkaSavaya and LioraBar-Tur

The increasingly popular concept of hermeneutics in the humanities and use of life story narratives in qualitative research have brought about a return to meaning as an area of phenomenological exploration and understanding of the aging process. The question of meaning appears to be universal. There is no area that is not touched by this theme (Peseschkian, 1983).

It is through meanings that individuals experience, understand, and manipulate themselves, each other, and their worlds (Ford, 1975). Deriving from the symbolic interaction and phenomenological perspectives is the helpful insight that it is individual interpretations rather than some objectively defined reality that ...

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