Web Materials: Possibilities in Life Transitions Lesson 5


Web Articles

(Article Found on Page 59) Ernst Bohlmeijer Filip Smit Pim Cuijpers “Effects of reminiscence and life-review on latelife depression: A meta-analysis” International Journal of Geriatric Studies (2003), 18: 1088-1094 (full text)

David Haber, “Life Review: Implementation, Theory, Research, and Therapy” INT’L. J. AGING AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, Vol. 63(2) 153-171, 2006 (for purchase)

Michael H. Beechem, Cybil Anthony, James Kurtz “A Life Review Interview Guide: A Structured Systems Approach to Information GatheringThe International Journal of Aging and Human Development 46(1):25-44 · December 1997 DOI: 10.2190/NFNC-UNNL-5N5G-MQNY ·  (free for care providers)

Gary T. Reker, James E. Birren, and Cheryl Svensson Self-Aspect Reconstruction through Guided Autobiography: Exploring Underlying Processes The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review  2014 The Authors 2014, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp. 1-15 (full pdf)


The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

The Birren Center brings together people from diverse backgrounds. It is committed to research and enriching lives through writing and sharing the Guided Autobiography experience with others.

The program provides opportunities for education, training, research and dissemination of information to professionals and others engaged in the fields of life review, life story writing, and aging. Cheryl Svensson, Ph.D. worked closely with Dr. Birren for nearly 20 years and is the Director of the Birren Center.

The International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review: University of Wisconsin- Superior

The International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review (IIRLR) brings together participants to further define reminiscence and life review as an interdisciplinary field of study in the areas of practice, research, education, volunteer and individual application.

Story Corps

Listening to audio articles from this website can be an excellent way to inspire others to explore and share their own life story.

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.