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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182228cba
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Participatory Dreaming: A Unitary Appreciative Inquiry Into Healing With Women Abused as Children

Repede, Elizabeth PhD, FNP-BC, CMH

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Abstract

Unitary appreciative inquiry was used to explore healing in the lives of 11 women abused as children using a model of participatory dreaming. Aesthetics, imagery, and journaling were used in a participatory design aimed at the appreciation of healing in the lives of the participants as it related to the abuse. Using Cowling's theory of unitary healing, research and practice were combined within a unitary-transformative framework. Participatory dreaming was useful in illuminating the life patterning in the lives of the women and promoted the development of new knowledge and skills that led to change and transformation, both individually and collectively.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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