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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Do Men's and Women's Accounts of Surviving a Stroke Conform to Frank's Narrative Genres?
Author(s): France, Emma
Hunt, Kathryn
Dow, Clare
Wyke, Sally
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Keywords: gender
illness and disease, chronic
illness and disease, experiences
interviews, unstructured
qualitative analysis
research, qualitative
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Citation: France E, Hunt K, Dow C & 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.
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.
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