Research on Guided Autobiography: A Review of Content, Process, and Outcome

  • Brian de Vries
  • James E. Thornton

Abstract

Guided Autobiography (GAB) is a structured, thematic, group approach to life review. Since its development by James Birren, it has been widely used and has generated empirical research. The focus of our article is on this research investigating 1) the content of GAB (defined in terms of the assigned themes); 2) the GAB process (as explicitly designed and how it implicitly manifests in the experience of learning); and 3) outcomes of GAB (both tangible, e.g., a written life review document, and subjective, such as increases in mastery and decreases in depression). The existing research supports the premises of GAB and suggestions for subsequent research are offered.

Published
2018-06-05
How to Cite
DE VRIES, Brian; THORNTON, James E.. Research on Guided Autobiography: A Review of Content, Process, and Outcome. The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 22-27, june 2018. ISSN 2372-1790. Available at: <http://143.95.253.101/~radfordojs/index.php/IJRLR/article/view/108>. Date accessed: 21 july 2018.