Background: Oral narrative strategies have rarely been applied in the positive psychology domain. Traditional folk and fairy tales are concerned with several concepts that are now scientifically investigated by research on positive psychology, such as resilience, self-realization, personal growth and meaning in life. The aim of this pilot study was to apply a new narrative approach based on fairy tales (Märchen, tales of magic, rise tales) told, discussed, and written in a group context for the purpose of promoting psychological well-being and growth. Methods: A group intervention consisting of 7 sessions was delivered to 21 women who reported adjustment disorder. The group was conducted by a folklorist and a clinical psychologist. Each session consisted of an introduction to a number of themes recurring in fairy tales as well as references to the social uses of narratives, followed by a discussion with the participants. In two concluding workshops, participants were asked to work as a group to write their own original fairy tale. Assessment pre- and post-intervention was performed with the Ryff Psychological Well-being Scale, the Kellner Symptom Questionnaire and 2 subscales of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (Appreciation of Life and personal strengths). Results: Participants reported increased personal growth, self-acceptance, and an enhanced sense of appreciation of life and personal strengths, together with decreased levels of anxiety. Conclusions: This pilot investigation suggests the feasibility and positive effect of a group intervention based on narrative strategies for promoting well-being and growth in stressed women. Considering its promising results, clinical implications and possible further applications are discussed.
Positive Narrative Group Psychotherapy: the use of traditional fairy tales to enhance psychological well-being and growth / Ruini, Chiara; Masoni, Licia; Ottolini, Fedra; Ferrari, Silvia. - In: PSYCHOLOGY OF WELL-BEING. - ISSN 2211-1522. - STAMPA. - 4(2014), pp. 13-21.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Titolo:||Positive Narrative Group Psychotherapy: the use of traditional fairy tales to enhance psychological well-being and growth|
|Autore/i:||Ruini, Chiara; Masoni, Licia; Ottolini, Fedra; Ferrari, Silvia|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13612-013-0013-0|
|Codice identificativo Pubmed:||26568907|
|Citazione:||Positive Narrative Group Psychotherapy: the use of traditional fairy tales to enhance psychological well-being and growth / Ruini, Chiara; Masoni, Licia; Ottolini, Fedra; Ferrari, Silvia. - In: PSYCHOLOGY OF WELL-BEING. - ISSN 2211-1522. - STAMPA. - 4(2014), pp. 13-21.|
|Tipologia||Articolo su rivista|
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