Storytelling: an approach that can help to develop resilience

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R C N Publishing Co.
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Nurse Researcher, 2010, 17 (3), pp. 17 - 25
Issue Date:
2010-01
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Stories convey values and emotions, and can reveal the differences and similarities between peopleâs experiences. Elucidating personal stories involves sharing which can help form bonds and supportive networks. With reflection, these can help to develop resilience. While the literature recognises the potential cathartic and therapeutic benefits associated with storytelling in research, links between the development of personal resilience and storytelling for research purposes have not been drawn. This paper argues that storytelling aids the development of personal resilience and provides opportunities to celebrate the hardiness of research participants who contribute to knowledge by recounting their stories of difficulty and adversity.
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