Two experiments were carried out map the relationship between adult narrative maturity, age, educational background, and distance from gaze context. As proxies for narrative maturity, this study relied on Epistemic Qualification & Self Correction, Description of Character Emotion, Temporal & Causal Event Segmentation, and Basic Overt Stringing.
Correlations were found between narrative maturity and different adult demographic groups. The correlations found, however, were inconsistent with those previously determined by child development studies.
Future analysis of variables such as primary narrative tense and the use of active/passive perspectives may provide methods to reconcile the inconsistencies found. (Download the Thesis)
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Marinotti, J. (2013). Determinants of Adult Narrative Maturity in Brazilian Portuguese Speakers (Undergraduate Thesis). Columbia University.