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# 438 Research Report on One Story at a Time: Narrative Therapy, Older Adults, and Addictions
by Danika Varady
Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Instructor: William P. Karmia M.A., N.C.C., C.S.A.D.C., L.C.P.C.

# 438 Research Report on One Story at a Time: Narrative Therapy, Older Adults, and Addictions
General Information
I. Title of the Article: One Story at a Time: Narrative Therapy, Older Adults, and Addictions II. Source of the article: Journal of Applied Gerontology (2009 – issue number 28) III. Authors of the article: P. J. Gardner, and J. M. Poole

IV. Summary of the article
The selected article presents a study evaluating whether or not narrative therapy has an effect on older adults with addictions. The article defines narrative therapy as “unearthing dominant or ‘problem’ stories in peoples lives, understanding them, and retelling them in alternative and empowering ways” (Gardner & Poole, 2009, p. 602). The researchers wanted to examine the gaps in research of narrative therapy because the amount of research done has been primarily focused on working only with children and family therapy. The amount of empirical research for narrative therapy is very little, but there are many of examples of observational accounts, case studies, theoretical discussions, and critiques. The researchers used a design that combined participant observation, in-depth field notes, and complex interviewing models (Gardner & Poole, 2009, p. 604).

The participants were chosen by purposeful sampling where they needed to be willing to attend an eight week narrative therapy group, looking for help with their addiction, and older than the age of 55. The researchers collected data by coding participant observations and interviews. The observations were made while participants were a part of group narrative therapy, and the interviews were focused on how...
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