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Title: A narrative review of digital storytelling for social work practice
Authors: Chan, C 
Sage, M
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Journal of social work practice, 2019, p. 1-15
Abstract: Digital storytelling (DST), broadly defined, is a storytelling method that is interwoven with digitised images, texts, sounds, and other interactive elements, and it has been increasingly used for social work and healthcare interventions. While the term DST has become more popular, its role in actual social work interventions is not clear. The ambiguity of DST presents a hurdle to further theorisation for social work practice and research. This article aims to provide a narrative review and derive a conceptualisation that is in line with social work's psychotherapeutic and systems orientation. The review has derived a two-layer conceptualisation. In a broad sense, DST can be seen as an umbrella term covering different sorts of storytelling activities that use digital communication media. Practitioners and researchers can adopt a set of parameters for describing and comparing different practice designs. More specifically, DST can be seen as a kind of narrative practice utilising digital communication media. This definition offers a conceptual base for DST, which helps further theorisation and research in social work practice.
Keywords: Digital storytelling
Narrative practice
Technology
Social work
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: Journal of social work practice 
ISSN: 0265-0533
EISSN: 1465-3885
DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2019.1692804
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
The following publication Chitat Chan & Melanie Sage (2019): A narrative review of digital storytelling for social work practice, Journal of Social Work Practice, 1-15 is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2019.1692804
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