The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: A qualitative study in Northeast England

Yang, Keming, Armstrong, Nicole, Diamond, Clare, Lane, Alison R. and Dunne, Stephen (2021) The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: A qualitative study in Northeast England. Journal of Health Psychology. p. 135910532110171. ISSN 1359-1053 (In Press)

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This study explored stroke survivors’ experiences of loneliness. Drawing on interviews with 29 community-dwelling stroke survivors living in the Northeast of England, we found several themes: loneliness as being alone, the season or time, lack of understanding from those without any experience of stroke, reduced autonomy, and deterioration of social relations. It is important that healthcare professionals pay attention to the aspects of life that may increase the chances of a stroke survivor becoming lonely after being discharged from hospital, and to measure loneliness in stroke survivors a more valid scale should include items that touch on the aspects reported here.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: loneliness, qualitative methods, social isolation, stigma, stroke
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 16:04
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 16:15

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