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The prevalence, types and perceived outcomes of crisis episodes in early adulthood and midlife. A structured retrospective-autobiographical study

The prevalence, types and perceived outcomes of crisis episodes in early adulthood and midlife. A structured retrospective-autobiographical study

Robinson, Oliver C. and Wright, Gordon R.T. (2013) The prevalence, types and perceived outcomes of crisis episodes in early adulthood and midlife. A structured retrospective-autobiographical study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37 (5). pp. 407-416. ISSN 0165-0254 (Print), 1464-0651 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025413492464)

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Abstract

The objective of the study was to gain data on the prevalence, types and perceived outcomes of crisis episodes in three age decades of adult life: 20–29, 30–39 and 40–49. A further aim was to explore the relationship between crisis occurrence and empathy. A retrospective-autobiographical survey instrument and an empathy questionnaire were administered to 1023 UK-based adults. Prevalence data showed that crisis in the 20–29 decade was reported by 39% of men and 49% of women, while in the 30–39 decade 47% of men and 51% of women reported a crisis, and 46% of men and 59% of women reported a crisis occurring in the 40–49 decade. When prevalence rates were compared by participants’ current age, a recency effect in crisis reporting was apparent. Work-related crises were more common in men, while relationship and family were more common in female crisis. The most common crisis contents across decades and genders were divorce/relationship break-up and debt/financial difficulties. Post-crisis growth was significantly lower in the 40–44 age range in men than in other age ranges for both genders. There was a positive relationship between self-report empathy and number of crisis episodes experienced.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published in Association with International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development.
Uncontrolled Keywords: autobiographical memory, early adulthood, midlife crisis, quarterlife crisis, turning points
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10650

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