Co-constructed narratives around being "sick": A minimalist model

Robert E. Lee*, Timothy Dwyer

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    The amount of physical damage may have no fixed relation to how much and in what ways a patient's life is disrupted. The authors discuss a model which addresses the bio-psycho-social complexity of a patient's illness and the narrative constructions which the patient, family members, and health care professionals influence to co-create the patient's identification with being "sick." This minimalist model invites the reader to consider a variety of interrelated variable lenses through which to view the narratives around a patient's illness. Clinical case examples are used to illustrate the dominant story themes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)65-82
    Number of pages18
    JournalContemporary Family Therapy
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 1995


    • family therapy
    • illness roles
    • narrative approaches

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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