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Constructions of Continuity after Stroke

Hinojosa R, Boylstein C, Rittman MR, Hinojosa Sberna M, Faircloth CA. Constructions of Continuity after Stroke. Symbolic Interaction. 2008 Apr 17; 31(2):205-222.

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Prior research suggests that illness disrupts biographical self because of the resulting difficulty in continuing to draw on the same material and symbolic resources used in self-construction. Recent literature suggests that constructing continuity is possible because of the multifaceted nature of self-construction. One hundred and twenty-two veterans who had been hospitalized after an acute stroke and discharged home were enrolled in the study. In-depth interviews were collected from the veterans at one month post-stroke. Results indicate that some of these individuals construct continuity through their use of personally accessible discursive resources such as expectations for aging and religious beliefs.

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