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Spouses of first-ever stroke patients: psychological well-being in the first phase after stroke.
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PMID:  11441214     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A stroke affects not only the patient but also the spouse. To better support the spouse during the acute phase of stroke, knowledge is needed about his or her experience with the situation. The aim of the present study was to study the well-being of the spouses of stroke patients during the acute state of stroke and to identify factors that may influence their well-being. METHODS: Eighty-three consecutively enrolled spouses of first-ever stroke patients <75 years old participated. Their psychological well-being, measured by the Psychological General Well-Being Index 10 days after the stroke, was compared with norm values. Multiple analyses of correlation were performed to investigate the effects on psychological well-being of (1) age and sex, (2) level of impairment of the stroke patient, and (3) intrapersonal variables such as previous life satisfaction and view of the future. RESULTS: The study group showed significantly lower psychological well-being compared with norm values except for the dimension of general health. The variables that correlated significantly with the Psychological General Well-Being total score were the sensorimotor impairment of the stroke patient and the "view of the future." This view of the future also correlated significantly with the level of functional ability of the stroke patients. CONCLUSIONS: During the acute phase of stroke, the severity of the stroke has an impact on the spouse's image of his or her future life, whereas the individual appraisal of personal consequences and of his or her own coping capacity seems to have a greater impact on the psychological well-being of the spouses than does the objective state of disability.
G Forsberg-Wärleby; A Möller; C Blomstrand
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1524-4628     ISO Abbreviation:  Stroke     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-06     Completed Date:  2001-08-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0235266     Medline TA:  Stroke     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1646-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Neurological Diseases Section, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Adaptation, Psychological
Caregivers / psychology*
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Quality of Life
Spouses / psychology
Stroke / psychology*

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