Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D

Abstract

Anthropologists believe that patients can emotionally recover from illness-related events when they write about them in a causally and temporally coherent story, also known as an "illness narrative." By constructing this account and sharing it with others, patients gain the empathy of a "listening community" and often learn to respond differently to similar events in the future. Over seven months, I compiled an extensive literature review on general and illness narrative theory and then used this information to co-construct a video-based illness narrative with Dawn, a 19-year-old Type I diabetic.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2010

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Professional Writing

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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