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Developing a model of narrative analysis to investigate the role of social support in coping with traumatic war memories

Developing a model of narrative analysis to investigate the role of social support in coping with traumatic war memories
Developing a model of narrative analysis to investigate the role of social support in coping with traumatic war memories
Within clinical and health psychology, narrative is used to understand how people make meaning of events that challenge one's believes about the self and the world e.g. the diagnosis of an illness or the experience of a traumatic event. This paper introduces a model of narrative analysis that can provide insight into the ways in which people make meaning of traumatic events and the types of resources that aid or hinder this process. The model, an adaptation of grounded narrative analysis (Murray, 2003), was applied at two levels (narrative form and narrative content) to the narratives of British male veterans of World War II (WWII) and post WWII veterans up to and including the Iraq war (2003-). Narrative form concerned the coherence of the narrative, which was defined as an oriented, structured, affectively consistent, and integrated narrative, indicative of the reconciliation. Narrative content focused on the social support experiences of the veterans. Through this two level analysis, it was possible to make theoretical links between the types of social support that aid the meaning making process and help veterans to reconcile their experiences.
narrative analysis, narrative coherence, qualitative methodology, war trauma, reconciliation, social support
91-105
Burnell, Karen J.
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Hunt, Nigel
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Coleman, Peter G.
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Burnell, Karen J.
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Hunt, Nigel
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Coleman, Peter G.
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Burnell, Karen J., Hunt, Nigel and Coleman, Peter G. (2009) Developing a model of narrative analysis to investigate the role of social support in coping with traumatic war memories. Narrative Inquiry, 19 (1), 91-105. (doi:10.1075/ni.19.1.06bur).

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Within clinical and health psychology, narrative is used to understand how people make meaning of events that challenge one's believes about the self and the world e.g. the diagnosis of an illness or the experience of a traumatic event. This paper introduces a model of narrative analysis that can provide insight into the ways in which people make meaning of traumatic events and the types of resources that aid or hinder this process. The model, an adaptation of grounded narrative analysis (Murray, 2003), was applied at two levels (narrative form and narrative content) to the narratives of British male veterans of World War II (WWII) and post WWII veterans up to and including the Iraq war (2003-). Narrative form concerned the coherence of the narrative, which was defined as an oriented, structured, affectively consistent, and integrated narrative, indicative of the reconciliation. Narrative content focused on the social support experiences of the veterans. Through this two level analysis, it was possible to make theoretical links between the types of social support that aid the meaning making process and help veterans to reconcile their experiences.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: narrative analysis, narrative coherence, qualitative methodology, war trauma, reconciliation, social support
Organisations: University of Southampton

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Local EPrints ID: 143859
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/143859
PURE UUID: 04a647bc-746e-4e0e-9b9a-c3142030e468

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Date deposited: 13 Apr 2010 13:33
Last modified: 17 Jul 2019 00:07

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Author: Karen J. Burnell
Author: Nigel Hunt

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