Positive emotion following a stroke

Glenn V. Ostir, Ivonne Berges, Margaret Ottenbacher, James E. Graham, Kenneth Ottenbacher

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Objective: Interest in exploring the positive emotional health of adults has increased. The current study investigated the positive emotion of adults with stroke at discharge from in-patient medical rehabilitation and 3 months post-discharge. Design: A longitudinal study in which information was collected during in-patient medical rehabilitation stay and 3 months post-discharge. Subjects: The study included 856 persons with stroke aged 55 years or older. Results: Mean age for the sample was 72.5 years, 78.7% of subjects were non-Hispanic white and 51.9% were women. Mean length of hospital stay was 20.2 days. More than one-third of patients reported higher positive emotion over the 3-month follow-up, while 29.7% reported lower positive emotion. In addition to discharge positive emotion, 4 factors, including depression, level of education and motor and cognition functional status score, significantly predicted lower depression at 3-month follow-up. Conclusion: A large percentage of adults reported high positive emotion in the initial months following a stroke. This finding adds to work on stroke recovery and indicates the emotional resilience of adults when faced with a health challenge. Understanding the role of positive emotion in persons living with stroke may provide insight into long-term recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-481
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

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Emotions
Stroke
Length of Stay
Rehabilitation
Depression
Patient Discharge
Health
Cognition
Longitudinal Studies
Education

Keywords

  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Ethnic groups
  • Positive emotion
  • Recovery of function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Ostir, G. V., Berges, I., Ottenbacher, M., Graham, J. E., & Ottenbacher, K. (2008). Positive emotion following a stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 40(6), 477-481. https://doi.org/10.2340/16501977-0193

Positive emotion following a stroke. / Ostir, Glenn V.; Berges, Ivonne; Ottenbacher, Margaret; Graham, James E.; Ottenbacher, Kenneth.

In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 40, No. 6, 06.2008, p. 477-481.

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Ostir, GV, Berges, I, Ottenbacher, M, Graham, JE & Ottenbacher, K 2008, 'Positive emotion following a stroke', Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 477-481. https://doi.org/10.2340/16501977-0193
Ostir, Glenn V. ; Berges, Ivonne ; Ottenbacher, Margaret ; Graham, James E. ; Ottenbacher, Kenneth. / Positive emotion following a stroke. In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 477-481.
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