`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Most.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and//or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the po

The Storied Nature of Health and Illness

The Storied Nature of Health and Illness

The storied nature of health and illness

If poets' verses be but stories

So be food and raiment stories;

So is all the world a story;

So is man of dust a story.

St Columba (sixth century)

According to narrative psychology (for example Sarbin, 1986; Mair, 1989) we are all storytellers and we live in a storied world. Narratives or stories permeate our everyday life such that we interpret the world and define ourselves through stories. The past decade has seen an increased interest among a wide range of social scientists in the use of narrative as an analytic and interpretive framework (for example Plummer, 1995; Polkinghorne, 1988). Admittedly, the study of narrative has a substantial history within psychology although its potential within health ...

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