Influential factors which impact on aphasic partners’ management post-stroke.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Aphasia changes the way a person communicates. This has an impact not only on the person with aphasia, but also on their spouses. Information in this particular area is relatively sparse. Similar areas have been studied, however, they have not focused on the change in communicative interactions between the aphasic person and their spouse, and the effect this has on the spouse. Aims: To determine the communicative consequences of aphasia as experienced by spouses of those with aphasia. Also to investigate their management and adaptation to the situation and the aspects which influence this will also be considered. Methods & Procedures: Five semi-structured interviews were conducted on the spouses of people with aphasia. Qualitative analysis was carried out on the transcriptions, a number of themes highlighting aspects which affected management were developed and relationships between them were identified. Outcomes & Results: Through selective questioning and analysing, spouses identified aspects which related to the aphasic persons communication impairment and had an affect on their management of the situation. These aspects included their orientation to the stroke, the impact of their aphasic partners, their communication, and the effect the situation had on them. The extent of these aspects influenced the spouses coping ability which was portrayed through their communicative manner and use of words during the interviews. Conclusions: These results serve to describe how spouses cope with the communicative lifestyle changes associated with their partners’ aphasia. Speech and Language Therapy v could contribute to minimise the impact of aphasia on both spouses and their aphasic partners by considering how spouses adapt to and manage this change in communication, and could assist in improving and developing their adjustment. It is significant that the spouse of an aphasic person is also considered during therapy, as they are the main caregiver and their attitude and management has an affect on their partners’ development.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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