Storytelling: an approach that can help to develop resilience
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Storytelling: an approach that can help to develop resilience

Leah East Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Debra Jackson Professorial fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Louise O’Brien Professor of nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Kathleen Peters Senior lecturer, Family and Community Health Research Group, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Relating personal experiences can help participants to cope with their conditions and improve research, explain Leah East, Debra Jackson, Louise O’Brien and Kathleen Peters

Stories convey values and emotions, and can reveal the differences and similarities between people’s 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.

Nurse Researcher. 17, 3, 17-25. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.04.17.3.17.c7742

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