Skip to main content

The paradox of hope for working age adults recovering from stroke

Alaszewski, Andy, Wilkinson, Iain M. (2015) The paradox of hope for working age adults recovering from stroke. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 19 (2). pp. 172-187. ISSN 1363-4593. (doi:10.1177/1363459314555242) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

MS Office Open XML (OOXML) (The paradox of hope for working age adults recovering from stroke) - Author's Accepted Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication Download (34kB)
Official URL


This article draws on data from a Stroke Association–funded longitudinal study in South East England (2003–2006) that explored the experiences and recovery of 43 stroke survivors under 60?years. Participants were invited to take part in four interviews over an 18-month period and to complete a diary for 1?week each month during this period. Here, we chart their shifting attitudes towards the process of their recovery. We bring a focus to how this transformed their views on the possible futures before them. We underline how hope was experienced as a deeply paradoxical and risk-laden notion. With energies concentrated upon the effort to live positively in the here and now, the very idea of hope for the future was met as an unwelcome distraction and in some cases even as a source of distress.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1363459314555242
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:05 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
  • Depositors only (login required):


Downloads per month over past year