Society and Workplace Diversity Research Group
Research Project

Identity Reconstructed: Stories about being a young refugee in Norway

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Migration often presents a significant challenge to a person's sense of self. This project aims to explore how individuals who arrived in Norway as young refugees go about shaping their personal identities. To achieve this, we will use a widely accepted method known as life story interviewing. Dan McAdams has developed an interview technique where participants in research projects start by organizing the events in their lives into different chapters. Then, they are interviewed about what they consider to be pivotal moments, including low points, high points, and other significant events. Participants will also discuss their core values and their aspirations for the future. In addition to McAdams' interview questions, this project will introduce two additional inquiries: one about memories related to their arrival in Norway and a reflective question regarding whether the experience of being a refugee has influenced their beliefs or values.