This Is Not All Your Life But The Pieces You Talked About Your Life: The Narrative Therapy With The Elderly

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Bayram Y., Artan T.

Türk Uygulamalı Sosyal Hizmet Dergisi, cilt.3, sa.1, ss.45-58, 2020 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Cilt numarası: 3 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Dergi Adı: Türk Uygulamalı Sosyal Hizmet Dergisi
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.45-58


The population of the elderly is increasing both in Turkey and the whole world day by day. The present situation highly necessitates solving the problems of the elderly. According to narrative therapy, elderly individuals encountering many problems in terms of bio-psycho-social aspects transfer all these problems into their lives in the form of narratives. The personal narratives of elderly people often include the themes of “loss” and “deficiency”. These negative perceptions originate from the physical-mental health problems that increase with the old age and the narratives given to the elderly by the socio-cultural context. Narrative therapy provides an opportunity for elderly individuals to create an alternative narration to help them change their life stories. In this way, elderly individuals become aware of their existing narratives and collaborate with the therapist to build alternative narrations that will improve their well-being rather than being stuck in their existing stories. In the current study, the contributions and applications of narrative therapy, which positively contributes to the individual’s bio-psycho-social well-being, are discussed. The first section of the study includes the introduction, which deals with the scientific and conceptual relationship between narrative therapy and the elderly. Following the introduction, the second section of the study focuses on the discussions about the fundamental philosophy and targets of narrative therapy. The next section is about the detailed presentation of narrative therapy practice, which has conducted with the elderly.