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Charlotte Chalmers

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Stroke in Younger Survivors: An Investigation into Their Experiences and the Impact of Problem Solving Therapy on Post Stroke Depression, Anxiety, Quality of Life and Problem Solving Abilities

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Stroke affects approximately 6000 New Zealanders every year with approximately 25 percent of individuals with first ever stroke aged under 65 years. Stroke survivors commonly experience emotional distress, which impacts negatively on the rehabilitation process. Currently, there is limited research into the efficacy of non-pharmacological treatments for the experience of emotional distress following stroke, and even more so with younger stroke survivors. Ms Wainwright investigated the experiences of younger stroke survivors in New Zealand as well as the efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy to reduce emotional distress post stroke and increase problem solving abilities and quality of life. Her results demonstrated that younger stroke survivors experience a number of different problems with a large variability in how these problems affect them. The results also indicated that stroke survivors found the therapy helpful and enjoyable and that support groups may be beneficial to mitigate post stroke emotional distress.

Supervisors
Professor Janet Leathem
Dr Simon Bennett

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