The Psychology of Family History: Exploring Our Genealogy (Paperback)

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This important book examines the motives that drive family historians and explores whether those who research their ancestral pedigrees have distinct personalities, demographics or family characteristics. It describes genealogists' experiences as they chart their family trees including their insights, dilemmas and the fascinating, sometimes disturbing and often surprising, outcomes of their searches.

Drawing on theory and research from psychology and other humanities disciplines, as well as from the authors' extensive survey data collected from over 800 amateur genealogists, the authors present the experiences of family historians, including personal insights, relationship changes, mental health benefits and ethical dilemmas. The book emphasises the motivation behind this exploration, including the need to acknowledge and tell ancestral stories, the spiritual and health-related aspects of genealogical research, the addictiveness of the detective work, the lifelong learning opportunities and the passionate desire to find lost relatives.

With its focus on the role of family history in shaping personal identity and contemporary culture, this is fascinating reading for anyone studying genealogy and family history, professional genealogists and those researching their own history.

About the Author

Susan Moore is a widely published developmental social psychologist whose major research interests encompass both adolescent and senior life stages. She is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Swinburne University, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and an active family historian.Doreen Rosenthal is a developmental social psychologist. Her recent research interests include ageing, and sexual and reproductive health. Professor Rosenthal is Professor Emerita at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and in 2003 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her national and international research.Rebecca Robinson is a computer scientist with a keen interest in theology, ethics and the role of religion in social mores. She has published several articles in prestigious computer science journals. She was awarded the Dean's Prize for Christian Thought and History at Whitley College, University of Divinity, Australia, in 2017.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367820428
ISBN-10: 0367820420
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 12th, 2020
Pages: 136
Language: English