Depression and Lability: the Effects on Occupation following Stroke

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Case study methodology was used to explore the effect of emotional changes following a stroke on engagement in occupation. Two people who had had a stroke, and their partners, were interviewed. The participants' medical case notes from acute, rehabilitation and outpatient treatment were also reviewed. As a result of the stroke, one participant experienced depression and the other lability. The case studies illustrate the impact that emotional changes can have on the performance of occupations. They also illustrate the reverse, that perceived competence in the performance of occupations can affect emotions, either negatively or positively. The results point to a need for occupational therapists to take an occupational perspective, if wellbeing is to be maximised, as they consider and address the effects of emotional changes with people who have had a stroke.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

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    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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