The narrative processes coding system: Research applications and implications for psychotherapy practice
Journal/Book: J Clin Psychol. 1999; 55: 605 Third Ave, New York, NY 10158-0012, USA. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 1255-1270.
Abstract: The Narrative Processes model is focused on the strategies and processes by which a client and therapist transform the events of everyday life into a meaningful story that both organizes and represents the client's sense of self and others in the world. Some investigators have elected to use clients' within session descriptions of relationship events or micronarratives as their unit of narrative analysis. In contrast, we are centrally interested in the development of the macronarrative framework in which the singular events described in a therapy relationship-micronarratives-come to be articulated, experienced, and linked together in such a way that the client's sense of his or her life story-in essence, the sense of self-may be transformed at the conclusion of the therapeutic relationship. The following paper details the Narrative Processes theory of therapy and the coding system that has been developed to identify and evaluate empirically key components of the model. Findings emerging from the analyses of successful psychotherapy dyads are described and the implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Note: Article Angus L, York Univ, Dept Psychol, Rm 213, 4700 Keele St, N York, ON M3J 1P3, CANADA