The Woman's Self: A Multigenerational and Transcultural View of Lifespan Development of Women
Repository Posting Date2012-01-11T11:18:49Z
Author(s)Wiggs, Carol M.
Author DetailsCarol M. Wiggs, PhD, RN, CNM
(41st Biennial Convention) Lifespan development in women is a discursive and creative act; a process that engenders interpersonal relationships and reflective narrative stories of changes in the self. Traditional theories of lifespan development draw predominantly from a male perspective, discounting the richness of a woman's life experiences as well as a multicultural perspective. Drawing on the peer reviewed literature regarding psychological development in women; a qualitative study was conducted using reflective questions and Photo-elicitation Interview techniques to explore what it was like to be a woman at various stages of life transition. A purposive sample of women was chosen for the study. Women were chosen from each decade of life (ages 8 to 88 years) and from multiple ethnic backgrounds (African American, Asian, Latina and Caucasian). The women's responses were analyzed using van Manen's theory of lived experiences both within and across decades for similarities and differences. The theme of relationship transcended all the decades, although the form of relationship varied, relationships within the family predominated. Photography was used to explore how each woman currently viewed who they were with the query: How would you describe yourself to yourself as you are in your life right now? Themes of nature (growth), family and spirituality were seen across the lifespan.
Funder(s)Sigma Theta Tau International
Description41st Biennial Convention - 29 October-2 November 2011. Theme: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & convention Center.
Conference Name41st Biennial Convention: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health
Conference HostSigma Theta Tau International
Conference LocationGrapevine, Texas USA
Date of Publication2012-01-04
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Items submitted to a conference/event were evaluated/peer-reviewed at the time of abstract submission to the event. No other peer-review was provided prior to submission to the Henderson Repository.