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Narrative competence and the meaning of life: Measuring the quality of life stories in a project on care for the elderly

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The work presented in this chapter is part of a larger project on elderly care, in which the development in life stories is captured, as also their connection to well-being and quality of the caring relationship. The project has an experimental design with a control group, an intervention and data collection. The chapter presents the methods that have developed for assessing narrative competence in the brief narrative interviews that are part of the project. It demonstrates this method in a case study that is part of the larger project and discusses the theological ramifications. The design of the larger project is outlined in the appendix of the chapter.

Keywords: caring relationship; elderly care; life stories; narrative competence; narrative quality; theological categories



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