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The paradox of hope for working age adults recovering from stroke

Alaszewski, Andy, Wilkinson, Iain (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) (KAR id:50780)

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Abstract

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
Uncontrolled keywords: hope, illness experience, paradox, recovery, sociological research, stroke
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50780 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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