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Sharing stories of lived experience: A qualitative analysis of the intersection of experiences between storytellers with acquired brain injury and storytelling facilitators

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posted on 02.12.2020, 22:29 by Kate D'Cruz, Jacinta Douglas, Natanya Serry
© The Author(s) 2020. Introduction: Narrative storytelling is a relational process. While interest in storytelling in brain injury rehabilitation is increasing, little attention has been directed to the interpersonal relationships experienced through storytelling. As part of a larger study exploring narrative storytelling, this paper reports on the intersection of experiences between those sharing their story and those listening to the story. Method: A qualitative grounded theory approach informed all stages of the study. In-depth interviews were conducted with adult storytellers with severe acquired brain injury and facilitators of a storytelling advocacy programme. Findings: Analysis of the intersection of data from 28 transcripts of interviews with eight storytellers and six facilitators was conducted. Two key relationships emerged to be central to the storytelling experience: (1) a collaborative partnership between the storytellers and the advocacy organisation, and (2) an intentional story-sharing relationship between the storytellers and facilitators. The advocacy context of helping others through story-sharing was central to the meaningfulness of the experience. Conclusion: Narrative storytelling is a social relationship experience with much potential for building relationships in rehabilitation. Sharing stories of lived experience of disability presents an opportunity for meaningful occupational engagement, enabling social connectedness and contribution to society.

Funding

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research: This work was supported by a postgraduate doctoral scholarship made available through La Trobe University and Summer Foundation Research Partnership.

History

Publication Date

01/09/2020

Journal

British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Volume

83

Issue

9

Article Number

ARTN 0308022619898085

Pagination

9p. (p. 576-584)

Publisher

SAGE Publications

ISSN

0308-0226

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