Family Narratives Lab
Robyn Fivush, Director

 

I am primarily interested in the social construction of autobiographical memory, particularly individual differences in parental reminiscing and its impact on children’s attachment and overall psychological well-being, and adolescent identity development. My research thus far has addressed two major questions – 1) how mothers and fathers differ in reminiscing and play styles with children, and how these differences may relate differentially to children’s attachment and psychological well-being, and 2) how adolescents’ autobiographical and intergenerational narratives are structured, gendered, and inform aspects of their identity development and well-being.

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Publications and Presentations:

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (under review). Stories of the self and parents: Relations to adolescent attachment. Attachment and Human Development.

Fivush, R. & Zaman, W. (in press). Gender, subjectivity and the development of autobiography. In P. Bauer & R. Fivush (Eds.). Handbook of Children’s Memory Development.

Bohanek, J., Fivush R., Zaman, W., & Grapin, S.* (in press). Gender differences in adolescent’s autobiographical narratives. Journal of Cognitive Development.

Fivush, R., Habermas, T., Waters, T.E. & Zaman, W. (2011). The making of autobiographical memory: Intersections of culture, narratives and identity. International Journal of Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207594.2011.596541

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (2011). When my mom was a little girl...: Gender differences in adolescents’ intergenerational and personal narratives. Journal of Research on Adolescence. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00709.x

Fivush, R. & Zaman, W. (2011). Intergenerational narratives: How collective family stories relate to adolescents’ emotional well-being. Aurora. Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política, 10, 51-63.

Fivush, R., Bohanek, J. G. & Zaman, W. (2011). Personal and intergenerational narratives in relation to adolescents’ well-being. In T. Habermas (Ed.).  “The development of autobiographical reasoning in adolescence and beyond” New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 2011 (131), 45-57. DOI: 10.1002/cd.288

Bohanek, J.G., Fivush, R., Zaman, W., Thomas-Lepore, C., Merchant, S. & Duke, P. (2009). Narrative interaction in family dinnertime conversations: Relations to child well-being. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 55 (4), 488-515.

Zaman, W., Merrill, N. A., Waters, T. E. A. & Fivush, R. (in preparation). Parents through the Eyes of the Adolescent: Intergenerational Narratives and Identity Development in Adolescence

Waters, H. S. & Zaman, W. (in preparation). Mother-child patterns of narrative co-construction: The role of mothers’ attachment security.

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (June 2011). Differences in parental reminiscing during co-constructed emotion and play Narratives. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, New York, New York.

Merrill, N. A., Waters, T., Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (June 2011). Personal and intergenerational narrative coherence and adolescent well-being. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, New York, New York.

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (March/April 2011). Mother-child and Father-child Reminiscing in Relation to Attachment and Emotional Well-being. Paper presented in S. Kulkofsky (Chair), More than Memory: Social-Emotional Correlates to Family Reminiscing Practices, symposium at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Merrill, N. A., Walsh, K., Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (March/April 2011).  Coherence Across Adolescents' Personal and Intergenerational Narratives. Paper presented in R. Fivush (Chair), Narrative Socialization Across Age, Gender and Generations, symposium at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Fivush, R., Zaman, W., Merrill, N. A. & Waters, T. (March/April 2011).  Adolescent Identity in Relation to Family Stories. Paper presented in M. Pratt & B. Fiese (Chairs), Family Stories and the Adaptation and Development of Adolescents and Emerging Adults, symposium at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (March/April 2011). Stories of the Self and Parents: Relations to Adolescent Attachment. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Fivush, R., Zaman, W. & Bohanek, J. G. (April 2010). Personal and intergenerational narratives in relation to adolescents’ well-being. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescents, Philadelphia, PA.  

Zaman, W., Waters, T. & Fivush, R. (October, 2009). Mothers and their adolescents: Similarities in personal and intergenerational narratives. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, San Antonio, TX.

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (April, 2009). Narratives about parents’ childhood: Relations to adolescent well-being. Paper presented in M. Pratt (chair), Intergenerational narratives and adolescent well-being, symposium at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Zaman, W. & Fivush, R. (April, 2008). Gender differences in adolescents’ accounts of parents’ childhood stories. Paper presented in M. Pratt (chair), Intergenerational family narratives and adolescent identity, symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescents. Chicago, IL.

Zaman, W. (April, 2008). Gender differences in adolescents’ accounts of themselves and their parents. Colloquium at the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Zaman, W. (November, 2007).  When my mom was a little girl…: Gender differences in adolescents’ accounts of their parents’ childhood stories. Colloquium at the Cognition and Development Program, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Zaman, W., Bohanek, J.G., Fivush, R., Merchant, S., Thomas-Lepore, C. & Duke, M. P. (July, 2007). Structure of family dinnertime narratives and its relation to child well-being. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Lewiston, ME.

Waters, H. S. & Zaman, W. (2005). Mother-child patterns of narrative co-construction: The role of mothers’ attachment security. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society. Vancouver, Canada.

 

Honors and Awards:

NRSA Dissertation Research Fellowship, July 2010 – July 2012
National Institute of Health

Alfred P. Sloan Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Spring 2008 - Spring 2010
The Sloan Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, Emory University

Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Fall 2005 – Spring 2009
Department of Psychology, Emory University

2005 Psychology Valedictorian
State University of New York at Stony Brook

2003 Honors College Scholarship
State University of New York at Stony Brook

2003 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award

 

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