The author acknowledges the assistance of her coprincipal investigator, Ama R. Saron, and the input of June Lowenburg, PhD. The study was funded by NINR Training Grant T32NRO7039 and Sigma Theta Tau, Psi Chapter at Large.
Emancipatory Potential of Storytelling in a Group
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 17–22, March 1998
How to Cite
Banks-Wallace, J. (1998), Emancipatory Potential of Storytelling in a Group. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 30: 17–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1998.tb01230.x
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication, January 21, 1997.
- women's issues;
- health promotion/wellness
Purpose: To examine the health-promoting functions of storytelling in a group of women. Design: Secondary analysis, descriptive. A convenience sample of 28 women of African descent living in the Seattle-Tacoma region of the United States was used.
Methods: Narrative analysis of 115 stories. Data were audio-taped in four focus groups convened during a 6-week period in 1992.
Findings: Six major functions of storytelling were identified: (a) contextual grounding, (b) bonding with others, (c) validating and affirming experiences, (d) venting and catharsis, (e) resisting oppression, and (f) educating others.
Conclusions: Storytelling is useful for learning more about historical and contextual factors affecting the well-being of women of African descent and for improving their lives. Group storytelling can create an environment that supports evaluation of experience and promotes problem-solving.