Meaning-Making Trajectories of Resilience in Narratives of Adolescents with MS

Maria Luisa Martino, Raffaele De Luca Picione, Daniela Lemmo, Valentina Boursier, Maria Francesca Freda


To date few studies deepen the construct of meaning-making at the base on the resilience process for adolescent with multiple sclerosis. Starting from a mixed-method of analysis our aim is to fill the gap in the literature by qualitatively exploring the narrative articulation of meaning-making processes highlighting specificities and differences within groups of narratives with high/medium/low resilience measured through the CYRM-28. We collected 29 narratives. The qualitative analysis shows five meaning-making processes at the base of the resilience process: Dependence vs Autonomy; Reconstruction of the time lines; Integration of limits; Enlarging personal assumptive worldview; Connecting emotions and thought. Compared to narratives with low/high scores, differences were evident in the way such processes were articulated. We propose a framework of central issues in the lives of adolescents with multiple sclerosis  and a way to determine how these issues can be useful for developing practices and trajectories to support resilient processes.


Adolescent; Multiple Sclerosis; Resilience; Meaning-Making; Narratives.

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