Chapter 10. Trustworthiness and Authenticity in Narrative Research

  1. Immy Holloway Professor medical sociologist1 and
  2. Holloway Freshwater Professor Director Fellow President2

Published Online: 27 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch10

Narrative Research in Nursing

Narrative Research in Nursing

How to Cite

Holloway, I. and Freshwater, H. (2007) Trustworthiness and Authenticity in Narrative Research, in Narrative Research in Nursing, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316513.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    Bournemouth University, UK

  2. 2

    Murdoch University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 FEB 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405114080

Online ISBN: 9781444316513



  • critical issues in narrative research;
  • trustworthiness and authenticity in narrative research;
  • participant's story;
  • narrative of researcher;
  • research knowledge with participant narratives being provisional;
  • subjectivity, objectivity and intersubjectivity;
  • narrative as science and art - plausibility and rigour;
  • reflexivity and contextuality;
  • reliability and contextualisation;
  • trustworthiness and authenticity - development of audit trail and being reflexive


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The participant's story

  • The narrative of the researcher

  • Subjectivity, objectivity and intersubjectivity

  • Narrative as science and art: plausibility and rigour

  • Reflexivity and contextuality

  • The question of validity

  • Reliability and contextualisation

  • Transferability or generalisability

  • Summary