`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
Chapter 4: 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.
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 ...