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Downsindroom : die narratiewe beskrywing van 'n alternatiewe gesinstorie

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Niekerk PJM, Mr en
dc.contributor.author Venter A en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:18:54Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:18:54Z
dc.date.submitted 2001 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/13470
dc.description.abstract The subject of this paper is narrative therapy and, more specifically, its application to a particular family with a child with Down Syndrome. <br><br> Narrative therapy deals with different stories - different ways of seeing reality. It is an alternative way of living and constructing our lived lives - a different perspective on the truth. The truth should not be regarded as an objective reality which exists separately from the people who experience it; rather, it is intensely subjective. It is how the subjective sees his own-reality, lives his own life and what he believes about his life and his lived life story. <br><br> Stories may be regarded in different ways. Firstly, they are tonics and medicine. A client's life story plays itself out without the intervention of a therapist. What people frequently do not realize, however, is that stories are embedded with instructions to guide us through the complexities of our lives. They enable us to understand the need for alternatives and supply us with ways to raise submerged ones. It is here that the therapist is able to play a vital role since he can help the client to recognize and interpret the significance of elements in his life story. <br><br> Secondly, stories help us to reflect on the past, understand the present and speculate about the future. What is significant is that each generation stands upon the shoulders of the pervious generation. <br><br> Thirdly, stories set the inner life into motion. This is particularly important when the inner life is frightened, wedged or cornered - as is the case when a baby with Down-Syndrome is born into a family of high achievers. <br><br> Fourthly, story-telling greases the hoists and pulleys, shows the way out and helps to smooth a path where there appears to be no way out, Where there were previously only blank walls, it cuts wide doors - openings that lead to alternative stories and new and different realities. <br><br> Stories create insight since they document the flow of life. They are the breath to speak of what we know and the courage to stand up to what we see without looking away. They are the fragrance of the soul. <br><br> When a baby is born with Down Syndrome the parents are confronted with totally different challenges from those facing parents with "normal" children. The clients in this case study face these challenges in the firm belief that God gives a baby with Down Syndrome only to those He deems fit to be special parents. They love, cherish and protect their special child, trusting and believing that it's up to the family - parents and siblings - to create an alternative life story. en
dc.language Afrikaans en
dc.subject Sociology en
dc.subject Family sociology en
dc.title Downsindroom : die narratiewe beskrywing van 'n alternatiewe gesinstorie en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en

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