About this Research Topic
The current topic area faces three-fold challenges. First, theoretical; we need to understand with further depth the intricate relationship between the self, narrative identity and mental health. Research should confirm if impaired mental health leads to the diminished narrative identity or vice versa. Second, therapeutic; there is a need to devise appropriate therapeutic interventions that reduce disease symptomatology targeting patients’ coherent and flexible narrative identity. Third, methodological; there is a lack of standardized tools to assess a patient’s autobiographical memory and identity. Therefore, this Research Topic will focus on empirical work investigating how mental health disorders lead to the impaired autobiographical memory system and report any novel therapeutic interventions that could improve symptomatology by targeting the self-memory system. It will also include research focusing on the development of assessment tools for autobiographical memory, self and narrative identity, particularly tailored for people with mental health disorders. The topic will also consider reviews of published work on impairment of autobiographical memories in any type of mental health disorder.
We welcome submissions that address any of the following topics/themes:
• Theoretical discussion of autobiographical memory, self, and mental health;
• Development and application of therapeutic interventions on patients with impaired autobiographical memory and self;
• Empirical research focusing on autobiographical memory specificity, coherence, emotional valence, and meaning-making in any kind of patients with mental health disorders (including transdiagnostic);
• Improving memory specificity and coherence in people with mental health disorders through structured interview protocols with specific cues, cognitive training, and rehabilitation;
• Development or adaptation of assessment tools to examine individual differences in autobiographical memory, self, narrative identity, and generational identity;
• Examining the differential effects of cuing techniques, such as word cuing method, important memory method, life chapter method, and free-recall method on autobiographical memory recall in individuals with mental health disorders;
• Exploring how impaired autobiographical memory relates to other cognitive processes, such as rumination, avoidance, and problem-solving;
• Cross-cultural research on autobiographical memory in people with mental health disorders;
• Memory training approaches and mechanisms of change in emotion and symptomatology;
• Longitudinal studies on content and appraisals of autobiographical memories in individuals with mental health disorders
Keywords: autobiographical memory, narrative identity, mental health, self-development, cuing techniques, assessment tools, therapeutic interventions, longitudinal study, cross-cultural study
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