Trent S.Parker, PhD, Department of Human Services, Indiana University –Purdue University, Fort Wayne;Karen S. Wampler, PhD, Department of Applied and Professional Studies, Texas Tech University.
CHANGING EMOTION: THE USE OF THERAPEUTIC STORYTELLING
Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 155–166, April 2006
How to Cite
Parker, T. S. and Wampler, K. S. (2006), CHANGING EMOTION: THE USE OF THERAPEUTIC STORYTELLING. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32: 155–166. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2006.tb01597.x
This research was conducted as a doctoral dissertation.The first author would like to thank his committee members, J. Maria Bermudez, Shelia Garos, and Steven M.Harris, and the therapists who assisted on this project.
- Issue online: 1 MAY 2007
- Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2007
Even though using metaphors in a therapeutic context is common, there are very few studies that address their effects. This study examines the effects of storytelling in therapy. After discussing a problem in a current relationship, 42 female participants were randomly assigned to receive either a story or psychoeducational information. Results indicated that both treatments were equally successful in reducing amounts of negative affect and negative feelings toward the relationship. In addition, each story was able to facilitate a change in emotional valence. Finally, participants saw no difference between the depth and smoothness of each session. Examples on using storytelling within different models of marriage and family therapy are provided.