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Why Am I Alive: A Chinese Elder's Life Narrative and Searching for Life Meanings
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 9, Issue 4, July 2020, Pages: 108-116
Received: May 19, 2020; Accepted: Jul. 2, 2020; Published: Jul. 22, 2020
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Yang Yang, Qingdao No. 9 High School, Qingdao, China
Nianqi Ye, Shanghai Shixi High School, Shanghai, China
Tangsheng Wang, School of Marxism, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China
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This paper mainly adopts the method of participatory observation to conduct behavioral observation and in-depth interview on a 90-year old man in nearly one and a half years. Observation records and interviews the text analysis, according to the case for the old man has a distinct personality characteristics, she end up very value personal free will and give full play to the individual, for lover, husband, daughter and other important others keep a more distant relationship, these life experiences brought her positive feelings at the same time, also makes the meaning crisis - year period of life. The conclusion is that the theory of sense of control and the positive effect of aging do not help to solve the problem of the lack of life value of the elderly in China, and only by establishing the interpersonal relationship closely related to survival and the pursuit of cultural identity in the field of life can we get an answer that meets the needs of the parties concerned.
Participatory Observation, Alive, Relationships
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Yang Yang, Nianqi Ye, Tangsheng Wang, Why Am I Alive: A Chinese Elder's Life Narrative and Searching for Life Meanings, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 9, No. 4, 2020, pp. 108-116. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20200904.14
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