The effectiveness of group narrative therapy on reducing identity crisis and mental health improvement of Divandarre students

AUTHORS

Nader Karimian 1 , * , Mahin Askari 2 , Yousef Karimi 3 , Eghbal Zarei 4

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 PhD Student in Family Counselling, Research Center of Behavioral Sciences and Nerves, Hormozgan University, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Departmet of Psychology, Research Center of Behavioral Sciences and Nerves, Hormozgan University, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 PhD Student in Counseling, Allame Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran.

4 Associate Professor Department of Counselling, Hormozgan University, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 18 (5); e87721
Published Online: June 18, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 19, 2012
Accepted: June 18, 2013

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Abstract

Introduction: Narrative therapy is a rather new approach based on the postmodern approach in treatment of mental disorders. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of group therapy on reducing identity crisis and mental health improvement of boy students at Divandarreh high schools.
Methods: In a semi-experimental study targeting all boy students studying at Divandarreh high schools (2011-2012) where two high schools were randomly selected. GHQ and Berzonsky identity style questionnaires were distributed. Thirty students - whose scores for mental health and identity crisis were 1 standard deviation lower than the average – were randomly divided into trial and control groups. Multivariate covariance analysis was used for the analysis of the data in SPSS software Package (version 19). Results: The findings showed that narrative therapy could be effective for both reducing identity crisis and achieving normal identity. Narrative therapy also effects on improving the mental health.
Conclusion: According to the findings of this study as well as the negative impacts of identity crisis on one hand and low mental health on personality development and talent flourish of the individual on the other hand, it is recommended to use narrative therapy for the treatment of such disorders.

Keywords

Narrative Therapy – Identity Crisis - Mental Health

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