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Stories have the power to heal us.

Storytelling shapes development as an influential social transaction that forms the basis of our identities and pain experiences.

The focus:

The ways parents and children reminisce about painful events together and develop their own narratives about pain shapes children's identities and pain experiences.

What we know:

Painful and distressing experiences provide powerful social learning opportunities throughout childhood and adolescence. How we tell stories about pain can transform how we understand and experience it.

What we are championing:

We are passionate about changing the conversation about pain in the stories that parents and children tell each other, as well as how pain stories are told and depicted in society.

Explore more of our work involving Stories


Co-constructing the Past Study

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Pain and Mental Health in Youth (PATH) Study

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