A recent analysis of narratives from women who recovered from romantic relationships indicated that they pass through six sequential stages to full recovery. Further, the analysis indicated that emergent issues such as health, finances, children, and self-esteem must also be addressed. The work resulted in the development of the Romantic Relationship Break-up and Recovery model. The breadth and depth of the self-disclosure among the group participants suggest that focus groups are viable story-collecting tools and are suited to women's interactional styles. The study further underscores the educational role that storytelling plays in our society.
Rolls, Judith A.
"Tales From Broken Hearts: Women and Recovery from Romantic Relationships,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol6/iss2/3