Do men’s and women’s accounts of surviving a stroke conform to Frank’s narrative genres?

France, E., Hunt, K. , Dow, C. and Wyke, S. (2013) Do men’s and women’s accounts of surviving a stroke conform to Frank’s narrative genres? Qualitative Health Research, 23(12), pp. 1649-1659. (doi:10.1177/1049732313509895)

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Abstract

We compared the illness narratives of 9 male and 9 female United Kingdom stroke survivors using Frank’s typologies of illness narratives. Most respondents presented a single dominant narrative genre (“quest memoir,” “restitution,” “chaos,” or a new “despair” genre); none presented quest manifesto or automythology narratives of social action or self-reinvention. We found no gender differences apparent in which genres respondents presented. Stroke severity and the degree of anticipated or actual recovery largely influenced which genre predominated in individual accounts. Contrary to some sociological understandings of gender and health, gender appeared to be less influential on stroke survivors’ illness accounts than aspects of the illness, such as its severity.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and Hunt, Professor Kate and Dow, Dr Clare
Authors: France, E., Hunt, K., Dow, C., and Wyke, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Qualitative Health Research
Publisher:Sage
ISSN:1049-7323
ISSN (Online):1552-7557
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in Qualitative Health Research 23(12):1649-1659
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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