The Meaning of Life Experiences: Application of a Meta-Model to Rehabilitation Sciences and Services. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • A motivational, developmental meta-model of the meaning of everyday life experiences is presented. The model proposes that there are 3 fundamental ways in which people establish meaning across the life span: the paths of belonging (relationships), doing (meaningful engagement in activities), and understanding oneself and the world. The principles of the model include intertwined, fundamental meanings of human experience; the indeterminacy of cause and effect; individual differences in preferences for ways of attaining meaning; the importance of commitments in life; and life-long adaptation and changes in meaning. The model provides an organizing framework that clarifies the assumptions of various disciplinary frames of reference with respect to establishing meaning in everyday life. Implications of the model are discussed for the rehabilitation sciences and rehabilitation service delivery.

publication date

  • January 2004