The Narrative Foreclosure Scale: Development and Psychometric Properties of a New Instrument Measuring Stagnation of Identity in Later Life

E.T. Bohlmeijer, G.J. Westerhof, G. Kenyon, W.L. Randall

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    Narrative foreclosure is a new sensitizing concept for studying stagnation of identity development in later life. It is defined as the conviction that no new interpretations of one’s past, nor new commitments and experiences in one’s future are possible that can substantially change one’s life story. The Narrative Foreclosure Scale (NFS) was developed to study this concept empirically. The NFS comprises two subscales: Past and Future. The psychometric properties were studied in two samples of older adults (n=247 and n = 220). Confirmatory factor analyses confirm that the scale consists of two distinct factors. Internal consistencies are sufficient to good. The validity is further confirmed by the relationship with demographics and other psychological constructs, such as personality, hope, reminiscence, ego-integrity, balanced time perspective, wisdom, depression, and positive mental health. It is discussed that diminishing narrative foreclosure may be an important process factor in life-review and narrative therapy with older adults.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-22
    Number of pages1
    JournalThe Gerontologist
    Volume51
    Issue numberSuppl. 2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2011
    Event64th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America 2011: Lifestyle→Lifespan - Boston, United States
    Duration: 18 Nov 201122 Nov 2011
    Conference number: 64

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