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Robin Fivush and Marshall Duke (Psychology Department and MARIAL Center, Emory University)

Narratives and Resiliency in Working Families

Wednesday, April 17, 2002, 3:00 p.m.

The ways in which families share stories about their lives both creates and maintains historical and emotional cohesion. Through telling stories about their individual experiences, as well as co-constructing stories about their shared experiences, family members participate in the creation of a family history which serves as a base for both individual and family identity. In this study, we examine family stories about emotionally positive and negative events that the family has experienced, and provide preliminary data suggesting that the ways in which families co-construct these stories plays an important roles on the creation and maintenance of family cohesion.


Robyn Fivush is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. at the City University of New York in 1983 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty at Emory in 1984. Her research focuses on the emergence of autobiographical memory in social and cultural context, and on relations among memory, narratives and coping with traumatic experiences. She has co-edited 5 books on memory and its development, co-authored one book on gender development, and written numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Marshall Duke is a Charles Howard Candler Professor of personality and psychopathology at Emory University. Dr. Duke received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1968. He is a core faculty member of Emory’s MARIAL center and was head of the psychology department at Emory from 1994-1997. He also served as the director for graduate training at Emory from 1988-1993. He is the author of six books and 65 articles.


The MARIAL Center
Emory West, 4th Floor, Room 415E

Open to the public
Refreshments will be served

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The MARIAL Center is located on the 4th floor of the main building of Emory's Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Rd. From the main campus, take North Decatur Road to Briarcliff Road, turn left, and the Briarcliff Campus will be on your right. There is ample parking close to the building. The Emory shuttle (Route A) provides transportation from the main campus to the MARIAL Center every 20 minutes. For the shortest travel time, board the shuttle in front of the B. Jones Center near the entrance to the B. Jones visitors' parking lot at approximately 4, 24, and 44 minutes after each hour. A complete schedule and the route map are available on the web at http://www.epcs.emory.edu/AltTransp/route-a.htm