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Analysis of the Functions of Narrative Futuring in ‘Letters from the Future’ written by Psychiatric Patients

Nolden, L. (2014) Analysis of the Functions of Narrative Futuring in ‘Letters from the Future’ written by Psychiatric Patients.

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Abstract:The present explorative study approaches the analysis of ‘narrative futuring’ (i.e. imagining the future through storytelling) in order to examine if letters written from a future perspective could be used for therapy. The letters were written by psychiatric patients diagnosed with a variety of disorders. To receive a global impression of the letters they are read and the participants’ ability to write a letter from the future is examined. Then the functions that characterize the letters from the future are analysed. These functions help to realise the nature of the letters. Finally, a comparison between letters from the future written by psychiatric patients and non-patients is drawn. The results show that most of the letters written by the patients are comparable with those written by the general population. Further, it can be stated that most of the clinical respondents principally are able to write a letter from the future, but that they are not as proficient as the general population. If writing a letter from the future should be used in therapy still needs to be researched. Despite limitations, such as the fact that the demographic factors of the two compared groups do not match, the study depicts a starting point in the analysis of ‘narrative futuring’ in psychiatric patients and several new insights could be gained.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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