Let the other talk

Laura Arcangeli, Moira Sannipoli

The university period can be analyzed as the intersection point between adolescence and the adulthood: the young adult is called out to confront with goals, motivations, values and interests that will orient future choices. The presence of disability can have an important influence on self construction, with consequences on growth and adaptive results. According to the narrative approach which this research project is based on, self-narrative can be a key for developing and maintaining the sense of identity, allowing the person to give meaning to his own experiences of transition. The narrative rebuilding of the Self allows the subject to seek balance and better focus on his/her story, in balance between agency aspects related to individual motivational factors and aspects of communion that relate to interpersonal motivational traits. Consistent with preconditions the following research project aims to investigate the evolutionary needs of the population examined through a semi-structured interview that detects narrative identity, investigating the process of building self into the young adult by evaluating the students’ profiles in terms of self-esteem, autonomy, self-awareness and resilience.


Higher education, disability, agency, communion, identity.