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.c7742Peer review
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