Interpersonal relationship challenges among stroke survivors and family caregivers

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External Institution(s)

  • Boston College
  • University of Cincinnati

Details

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-107
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume59
Issue number2
StatusPublished - Feb 7 2020
Peer-reviewedYes

Abstract

A strong interpersonal relationship after stroke is important for the well-being of survivors and family caregivers. However, as many as 54% of families experience relationship problems after stroke and as many as 38% of couples experience overt conflict. The purpose of this study is to enhance understanding about relationship challenges among stroke dyads and to identify implications for direct practice in social work. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with N = 19 care dyads. Qualitative data were analyzed through an interpretive description lens. Seven themes about relationship challenges were identified. Findings highlight areas to consider in promoting strong relationships between survivors and family caregivers. Social workers may have the opportunity to assist dyads with disrupting negative communication cycles, strengthening empathy and collaboration, and achieving a balance so that each person’s needs are met.

    Research areas

  • Stroke, dyads, family caregivers, qualitative research, relationships

Citation formats

APA

McCarthy, M. J., Lyons, K. S., Schellinger, J., Stapleton, K., & Bakas, T. (2020). Interpersonal relationship challenges among stroke survivors and family caregivers. Social Work in Health Care, 59(2), 91-107. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2020.1714827

Harvard

McCarthy, MJ, Lyons, KS, Schellinger, J, Stapleton, K & Bakas, T 2020, 'Interpersonal relationship challenges among stroke survivors and family caregivers', Social Work in Health Care, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 91-107. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2020.1714827