Insights Into Processes of Posttraumatic Growth Through Narrative Analysis of Chronic Illness Stories

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Through narrative analysis of women’s chronic illness experiences, this study provides new insights into the processes of posttraumatic growth (PTG). I employed a modified version of Labov’s causative narrative framework to highlight the content of each failing schema (e.g., I have plenty of time) following it through revision (e.g., time is short) and into the life changes this adjustment produced. This process clearly connects revised schemas with new behaviors, leading through various pathways to both tangible and intangible growth. The narratives present new roles of social support, and provide valuable insights into the part schemas may play in chronic illness self-care.

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