Quilting as a tool in resolving Erikson's adult stage of human development

Cheryl Cheek, Kathleen W. Piercy

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Abstract

A qualitative study using McCracken's (The long interview, 1988) multistage process for data analysis examined how traditional women in Amish, Appalachian, and Mormon cultures express generativity through quilting. Using Slater's (Journal of Adult Development, 10(1), 53-65, 2003) description of epigenetic areas of development within middle adulthood, quilting was studied as a facilitator in the process of negotiating Erikson's stage of generativity versus stagnation. In semi-structured interviews, 30 women discussed the ways they expressed caring, pride, inclusivity, and effectiveness through quilting. Results show that quilting was used to work through each of the epigenetic areas and also show how art forms such as quilting may be used to promote development from middle adulthood on into old age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

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Human Development
adulthood
Epigenomics
stagnation
interview
old age
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Amish
Interviews
data analysis
art
Negotiating
Art
Quilt

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Cheek, Cheryl ; Piercy, Kathleen W. / Quilting as a tool in resolving Erikson's adult stage of human development. In: Journal of Adult Development. 2008 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 13-24.
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