Original Articles

The Effect of Narrative Career Facilitation on the Personal Growth of a Disadvantaged Student—A Case Study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 20, issue 3, 2010 , pages: 403–411
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2010.10820392
Author(s): Jacobus G. MareeUniversity of Pretoria,, Liesel EbersöhnUniversity of Pretoria,, Angelique Biagione-CeroneUniversity of Pretoria,


This article describes the effect of narrative career facilitation on the personal growth of a disadvantaged undergraduate student at a tertiary institution in South Africa. The participant was selected purposively from among a group of undergraduate students at the tertiary education institution who shared a similar background. The intervention involved Narrative Career Facilitation and occurred over a period of one year. Data on student career awareness were gathered using the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Differential Aptitude Tests and the Rothwell-Miller Interest Blank, as well as qualitative techniques. (including a collage, the life line, early anecdotes, as well as the life story techniques). Following the intervention, the student evidenced an improved future perspective and a more positive academic self-image. The process of narrative career facilitation had a positive effect on the overall personal growth of the student.

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