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ERIC Number: ED552969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 187
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-1036-1
Transformative Narrative Therapy: How Transforming a Personal Life Story into Fairy-Tale Format Impacts Measures of Health and Well-Being in Older Adults
Oumarou, Sahibou
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Recalling and reframing a personal life story in the form of a fairy tale, then engaging in a practice on meditation and reflecting on it, is one way older adults can relieve their positive experience and thereby impact their mental and emotional health and well-being. Although prior research has established the benefits of narrative therapy (NT) in a preliminary way, little research of this kind has examine the transformative potential of a story reconstructed into a fairy tale, which may normally access unconscious levels of the mind. The study included some work done in group settings as well as individual practices. Forty-seven participants were selected for this research. Members participated in the experimental group engaged in transformative narrative therapy (TNT group), and 16 participated in each of the comparison groups doing either operationalized form of standard narrative therapy (NT group) or reading positively toned literature. The TNT group shared their transformed stories and received feedback from their peers in the group on a single occasion, then worked with the lived experience twice daily for 1 month. The literature (LIT) group received descriptions of the study and instructions in a group, then read positive toned literature twice daily for 1 month. The stories of both experimental groups were recorded in written format for participants' daily use in reflection and meditation. The Health Dynamic Inventory (HDI) and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) were administered to all groups at pretest, posttest, and 1 month follow up, to measure mental and emotional health and well-being. Blood pressure measures were administered as a simple measure of psychological stress. Result were generally in line with the hypotheses, which suggested that TNT group would obtain the best results in all areas, followed by less favorable results for NT and LIT groups. The TNT groups showed favorable changes at posttest in all areas for which statistically significant result were obtained. These positive changes endured in some measure at follow up, sometimes in decreased amounts, sometimes increasing from posttest. The TNT results generally more were mere favorable than those for TN and LIT groups, and NT groups results were generally favorable than those for the LIT group. This suggests that use of a personal life story in narrative-based therapeutic interventions has a beneficial affect, and that the creative transformation of a personal life story into the metaphorical format of a fairy tale enhances the favorable impact of such interventions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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