Narrative transformation among military personnel on an adventurous training and sport course

David Carless*

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In the wake of recent wars, some military personnel face considerable physical and mental health problems. In this article I explore the effects of an adapted sport and inclusive adventurous training course for military personnel who have experienced physical injury and/or psychological trauma. Using a dialogical narrative approach, I analyzed stories shared by six soldiers during the course to explore the effects of involvement. Participation in the course seemed to facilitate a narrative transformation or opening corresponding to a broadening identity and sense of self. Story plots progressed from a failing monological narrative, through a chaos narrative, toward a dialogical quest narrative prioritizing immersion in an intense present, a developing self, and a relational orientation. On the basis of narrative theory, I suggest this transformation holds positive consequences for the health and well-being of military personnel who have experienced injury and/or trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1440-1450
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number10
Early online date21 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • exercise / physical activity
  • health and well-being
  • mental health and illness
  • narrative inquiry
  • psychosocial issues
  • stories / storytelling
  • trauma
  • war
  • victims of


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