A qualitative study of illness narratives that demonstrate the master plot of overcoming the monster and support stroke survivors in utilising it

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Abstract

Background/Aims: Research is needed that considers illness narrative master plots expressed by individuals who have had a stroke. The literature so far has focused on identified pre-established illness narrative master plots. Further research needs to identify if other master plots exist and consider the implication of such plots.
Methods: A narrative methodology was undertaken situated within a social constructivist world view. A purposive sample of individuals with stroke undertook a single online semi-structured interview. A categorical-form narrative analysis was undertaken in 5 stages.
Results: A total of 8 individuals were interviewed. Following analysis 6 individuals’ narratives were identified as representing elements of the master plot called overcoming the monster. The results explore this narrative master plot. The ‘monster’ was represented in several ways in the current manuscript this including; a mental health problem or an expression relating to internal feelings, a sense of being isolated from others, a threat to the individuals independence, and a negative interaction or experience related to healthcare.
Conclusions: Health care professionals need to understand the importance of this master plot. Implications from these findings are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Narrative
  • Stroke
  • Storytelling
  • qualitative

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