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A Content Analysis of Storytelling Groups for Survivors of Suicide

I-Peng Chen, M.D., Yu-Chan Li, Ph.D., Hsin-Chin Lu, R.N., M.Sc.,Shen-Ing Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Hui-Ching Liu, M.D., Chun-Kai Fang, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Objective: In this study, we intended to understand the transitions made by survivors of suicide (SoS) after their participating in storytelling groups, and to construe an intervention model in psychiatric intervention. Methods: We used content analysis to divide the sessions’ stories into six story types and four categories – true, biographic, fantastic, and occult story. Results: Our study results revealed that the storytelling process was to serve six purposes and motives – revealing the truth of death, raising doubts about suicide, sharing experiences of grief, remembering the deceased, describing a process of change, and giving hope. The listener responses were subdivided into six categories, including expressing empathy and empowerment. Conclusion: The study showed that SoS participants made meaningful transitions after attending the storytelling sessions, and offered direction of such groups for SoS. We suggest that storytelling groups may represent a potential service model in helping SoS.
Key Word grief, bereavement, survivors of suicide, group psychotherapy
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