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Symbolic competencies for developmental transitions: The case of the choice of first names
Abstract Human life consists of stability interspersed with ruptures. Transitions that follow such ruptures, offer a window on processes of change at the level of skill acquisition, identities, but also meaning construction. The article explores various uses of cultural elements such as books, movies or religious baggage as symbolic resources for such psychological development. It introduces the notion of interiority to have access to the work of these symbolic resources on emotions. Such uses of symbolic resources are examined through a study of the procedure of choosing first names during the transition to parenthood. The notion of symbolic competencies, as the abilities to use cultural elements as resources for thinking, action and development, is proposed to account for interpersonal differences and is discussed.
   
Keywords human development, transitions to parenthood, symbolic resources, names
   
Citation Zittoun, T. (2004). Symbolic competencies for developmental transitions: The case of the choice of first names. Culture & Psychology, 10(2), 131-161.
   
Type Journal article (English)
Date of appearance 10-2-2004
Journal Culture & Psychology
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 131-161
URL http://doc.rero.ch/record/12838
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