Crisis Episodes

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This study done by Oliver Robinson and Gordon Wright (2013) focuses on the crises experienced in early and middle adulthood and its correlation with prevalence, type of crisis experienced, and how an individual perceives them retrospectively. To explain this, in the article the authors explain the definitions of autobiographical memory and crisis episodes. Autobiographical memory meaning the memories a person has about their past that makes up their personal and individual story (Robinson & Wright, 2013). While a crisis episode, for the sake of Robinson and Wright's (2013) study, is described as a “past period of life that is characterized by difficulty, stress and negative emotion, and which is in retrospective viewed as a turning the life story.” Robinson and Wright (2013) then use these terms in their article to explain that their study, overall, would focus on participant's using a…show more content…
The measures used were the adult crisis episodes retrospective self-assessment tool, a self-report tool that was based on other retrospective assessment techniques and the Toronto empathy questionnaire. In the first measurement tool the participants were asked questions regarding occurrence and timing of crises, types of crisis events, and perceived post-crisis growth (Robinson & Wright, 2013). Both scales used a 5-point likert scale. In order to gather the 1,023 participants in the study the authors used online platforms such as being featured in a blog and an online newsletter, advertising, and being included in an online site for an adult education college as well as hand delivering letters that included a summary of what the study would consist of different neighborhoods in London (Robinson & Wright,
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