Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Post stroke interpersonal communication: An intimate exploration of stroke survivors' lived experiences
by Hendley, Lora L., M.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2015, 122; 10000439
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study explores the personal and intimate lived experiences of stroke survivors who suffer the comorbid emotional sequelae of Post Stroke Depression (PSD) and how it affects their rehabilitation and interpersonal relationships post stroke. By using Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT), the idea of Social Construction of Identity, the epistemology of Narrative Inquiry (NI), and conversational interviews (CI), with stroke survivors, their spouses/significant others, friends, and other family members, the aim of this body of research has been to take on the difficult task of observing how stroke survivors navigate the difficult and sometimes daunting path that all stroke survivors must travel as they attempt the reconstruction of their self post stroke. They face every new day with the knowledge of who they once were and who they are now. The person that they are now has become their reality.

Many stroke survivors regardless of the hemisphere in which the brain lesion occurs, suffer from some degree of the post stroke emotional sequelae, or a condition following and resulting from a disease, of post stroke depression (PSD). With the comorbid occurrence of PSD comes yet another challenge to their reconstruction process. The findings of this research study have remained consistent with the current research data and literature on stroke, stroke recovery, PSD, and aphasia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richey, Jean A., Taylor, Karen M.
Commitee: Jarrett, Brian
School: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Communication, Health education
Keywords: Aphasia, Conversational interviews, Interpersonal communication, Post stroke depression, Qualitative research, Stroke
Publication Number: 10000439
ISBN: 9781339409313
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