Friendship Loss, Maintenance and Development after the Onset of Aphasia & the Caregivers’ Role in this.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: It is well known that there are changes in friendships after the onset of aphasia; what is less well known is the reasons behind these changes and what the caregivers’ role is in this. Aims: This study explored loss, maintenance and development of friendships after aphasia, and what the caregivers’ role is in this including what they said to their aphasic spouses’ friends. It also examined what aphasics’ friends did in communicating with the aphasic and what they did which was helpful and unhelpful. It examined these areas from the perception of the caregivers. Methods and Procedure: Participants whom were primary caregivers of someone with aphasia were recruited from communication support groups. A preliminary interview was carried out, followed by sending 40 questionnaires. Outcomes and Results: 12 participants were recruited in total. How and why friendships were maintained, lost and developed post aphasia were explored. Information was gathered regarding what caregivers explained to aphasic spouses’ friends including: explaining the aphasics’ communication difficulties as a result of the stroke, explaining the aphasics is still the same person and explaining how the friend can assist in communication. Conclusions and Implications: Friendships post-aphasia can be greatly assisted by the role of the caregiver. Advising the caregiver carefully and providing them with knowledge which they can tell their aphasic spouses’ friends will provide future benefit in clinic and will aim to increase the aphasics’ well being and participation by minimising the likeliness of friendship loss, and increasing the likeliness of friendship maintenance and development.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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