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Wednesday, June 17 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Kauai Longitudinal Study: A Qualitative Narrative Approach on Resilience in Older Adulthood

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The Kauai Longitudinal Study: A Qualitative Narrative Approach on Resilience in Older Adulthood:

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The Kauai Longitudinal Study: A Qualitative Narrative Approach on Resilience in Older Adulthood
Presenter: Laurie McCubbin Co - Presenters: Jason Sievers, Jennifer Moniz, Augusto "Bango" Gancinia, Greg Urquhart
Abstract:
This study, using a narrative life history qualitative approach, involved interviewing 8 original “resilient” participants (4 men, 4 women) from the Kauai Longitudinal study. The purpose of the study was to examine their adaptation, resilience and well-being in older adulthood.  
The most prevalent theme across all participants was ‘ohana (family) including the adversity they faced as children growing up in Kauai along with reflections on their current family situation. Navigating past family trauma appeared manageable but for some participants a continuous negotiation with past issues with parents (e.g. abandonment, physical abuse and alcoholism) was present in their stories.  The second theme in the interviews was coping. Coping was inclusive of family based upon self-reflection of intergenerational parenting practices.  Coping was also seen in two additional subthemes: cultural values and spirituality.   Some participants coped with finding a higher purpose through connections to the ‘aina (land) and mona (ocean) and giving back to future generations.  Spirituality was expressed in multiple ways including finding God and finding purpose in life.   These themes overlap many constructs in the resilience and well-being literature including Ungar’s navigation and negotiation in resilience (2010), Ryff’s work on psychological well-being (1999) and Masten’s concept of ordinary magic (2001).  
Matsen, A.S. (2001).  Ordinary magic.  American Psychologist, 56(3), 227-238.
Ryff, C.D. & Marshall, V.W. (1999). The self and society in aging processes.  New York, NY: Springer.

Presenters
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Laurie McCubbin

Dr. Laurie “Lali” McCubbin, Associate Professor in counseling psychology, is an indigenous/multiracial scholar at Washington State University. Her research involves: resilience and well-being among indigenous peoples and people of color, cultural identity development, and stress... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Augusto "Bango" Gancinia

Graduate Research Assistant at Washington State University Augusto "Bango" Gancinia is a masters student in community counseling at Washington State University.
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Jennifer Moniz

Graduate Research Assistant at Washington State University Jennifer Moniz, MS, is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Washington State University. She is currently serving as the Project Coordinator for the Kauai Longitudinal Study. She was formerly a school counselor... Read More →
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Jason Sievers

Director at Washington State University Dr. Jason Sievers is the Director of Graduate Studies Education at the Washington State University. His research interests and expertise are in resilience and leadership, student athletes and academic well-being. He also serves as the Assistant... Read More →
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Greg Urquhart

Washington State University


Wednesday June 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Archibald Room NAB 3rd Floor, King's College

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