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“Making a good time”: The role of friendship in living successfully with aphasia

Brown, Kyla, Davidson, Bronwyn, Worrall, Linda E., Howe, Tami,

Academic Literature

2013

This study aimed to explore the perspectives of 25 community dwelling individuals with chronic aphasia on the role of friendship in living successfully with aphasia. Thematic analysis of transcripts from semi-structured in-depth interviews revealed three over-arching themes relating to the role of friendship in participants’ experience of life with aphasia: living with changes in friendships, good times together and support from friends, and the importance of stroke and aphasia friends. Overall, findings highlighted the valued role of friendship in living successfully with aphasia, while also providing evidence of how friendships change and evolve in both negative and positive ways following onset of aphasia. Clinicians are challenged to work creatively to address the role of friendship in life post-stroke in partnership with individuals with aphasia, their families, and friends.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

Location : International

Domain/s: Social relationships

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