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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SOMMERHALDER, Cinara. Meaning of life in adulthood and later life. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.2, pp. 270-277. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722010000200009.

The unceasing search for meaning to life is part of the existential questioning. Viktor Frankl is a pioneer in this field. Later, researchers have used his lessons to expand the definition of the construct 'meaning of life'. Transcultural studies lead to a better understanding of this theme, but further research still needs to be done. The available instruments are being tested and improved; however, we already have relevant information on the theme, and it contributes largely to the study of the development of adulthood and later life. This article aims at showing the evolution of the concept 'meaning of life' and how researches have been dealing with the theme in the field of adulthood and later life development.

Keywords : Meaning of life; Adulthood; Later life.

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