Storytelling/narrative theory to address health communication with minority populations

Haeok Lee, Jacqueline Fawcett, Rosanna DeMarco

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Purpose: To explain the development and application of storytelling/narrative theory in health disparities intervention research as a way to promote health communication and behavior change among racial, ethnic, and minority populations. Findings: The proposed storytelling theory helps explain that storytelling affects changes in attitude and health behavior of the viewer through realism, identification, and transportation. Conclusions: The proposed storytelling/narrative theory can be a guide to develop culturally grounded narrative interventions that have the ability to connect with hard-to-reach populations. Clinical Relevance: Narrative communication is context-dependent because it derives meaning from the surrounding situation and provides situation-based stories that are a pathway to processing story content. Although storytelling is grounded in nursing practice and education, it is underutilized in nursing interventional research. Future efforts are needed to extend theory-based narrative intervention studies designed to change attitude and behaviors that will reduce health disparities among minorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-60
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Nursing Research
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Storytelling
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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