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BLUCK ET AL.

TABLE 4. Descriptive Information for the Four TALE Factor Items and Subscales

Item Factor 1: Directive Function/Alpha = .88

Q11 When something unexpected happens to me and I want to fit it into my view of my life.

Q6 When I need to make a life choice and I am uncertain which path to take.

Q5 When I want to learn from my past mistakes.

Q20 When something happens to me and I want to look back to see what caused it.

Q4 When I am facing a challenge and I want to give myself confidence. Q7 When I am searching for a solution to a problem.

Q1 When I feel that if I think about something bad that happened I can learn some lesson from it.

Q18 When I want to re–interpret old events in the light of things that have happened since.

Q9 In order to try to remember advice someone gave me because I don’t know what to do.

Q10 When I want to better understand my current problems. Q19 When I feel down and I want to make myself feel better. Q15 When I want to see if my life has an overall theme. Q3 When I think about my future goals.

Q21 When I want to make myself feel better by talking to others who have had similar past experiences.

Total Factor 2: Self–continuity/Alpha = .80

Q13 When I am concerned about whether I am still the same type of person that I was earlier.

Q14 When I want to understand how I have changed from who I was before.

Q16 When I am concerned about whether my beliefs or values have changed over time.

Q17 When I want to understand who I am now. Total Factor 3: Nurturing Relationships/Alpha = .76

Q22 When I want to make someone else feel better by talking to them about my similar past experiences.

Q28 When I want to help someone by telling them about my own past experiences.

Q25 When I want to strengthen a friendship by sharing old memories with friends.

Total Factor 4: Developing Relationships/Alpha = .70 Q26 When I hope to also learn more about that other person’s life. Q27 When I hope to also find out what that other person is like. Q24 When I want to develop a closer relationship with someone.

Total

3.93

1.44

3.86

.79

4.34

1.15

3.96

1.26

3.60

1.11

3.92

1.20

4.16

1.34

4.01

1.03

4.14

1.30

4.10

1.14

3.76

1.27

3.96

1.22

3.59

1.32

3.32

1.63

4.04

1.19

3.98

1.39

4.12

1.27

4.89

1.00

4.70

.85

M

SD

3.45

1.18

3.84

1.32

4.14

1.17

4.54

1.15

4.64

1.00

3.25

1.38

3.40

1.47

4.16

1.29

3.62

1.08

Note. 1 to 6 scale: 1 = Never, 2 = Rarely, 3 = Seldom, 4 = Occasionally, 5 = Often, and 6 = Very Frequently. For comparative purposes, items appear in the same order as in Table 2.

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