ERIC Number: EJ1070927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Narrative Medicine: Suggestions for Clinicians to Help Their Clients Construct a New Identity Following Acquired Brain Injury
Fraas, Michael R.
Topics in Language Disorders, v35 n3 p210-218 Jul-Sep 2015
Survivors of brain injury from trauma and stroke often lose their sense of identity and face a series of lifelong obstacles that challenge their ability to integrate back into their communities and live meaningful and productive lives. Their stories provide powerful accounts of these challenges, which can inform clinical decision-making. Arguably, the act of telling their stories is, in and of itself, a means for creating a new identity and fostering recovery. This article examines how clinicians can utilize the subjective techniques of narrative medicine to facilitate the rehabilitation process and provide their clients with a holistic approach to meet their needs. Narrative accounts from survivors of acquired brain injury support the relevance of this process as a therapeutic modality.
Descriptors: Head Injuries, Brain, Neurological Impairments, Personal Narratives, Rehabilitation, Holistic Approach, Intervention, Identification (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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