Table 3: Factor structure of Q-sorts.

Factor number and nameNumber of respondents loading on factor (% variance accounted for)Significantly loaded  concourse statements -score

(1) Lack of knowledge and awareness of TIA5 (21)When it happened, I did not really know what was happening to me2.170
I did not feel any different afterwards1.733
I have no idea how to avoid it happening again1.28
I was scared about the long-term effects−0.93
The impact of what happened went on for some time−1.46

(2) Life impact of TIA3 (15)Every part of my life was affected by what happened2.07
Afterwards, I felt frustrated by what I couldn’t do1.815
The impact of what happened went on for some time1.756
My memory was affected afterwards1.44

(3) Anxiety3 (9)I was overwhelmed with anxiety afterwards2.35
I was scared about the long-term effects2.08
I couldn’t sleep for worry afterwards2.03
I lost all confidence in my body afterwards1.17

(4) Interpersonal impact3 (8)I felt my family was a bit irritated with me afterwards2.11
I felt I was a bit of a burden on my family afterwards1.68
Being unable to communicate afterwards was upsetting1.564
My friends seemed to avoid me afterwards0.74

(5) Depression2 (7)I was very withdrawn afterwards2.30
I became very depressed after it happened2.065
I thought how lucky I’d been not to have a full stroke−1.41

(6) Impact of physical symptoms of TIA3 (6)The numbness in my face afterwards really worried me2.08
Being unable to communicate afterwards was upsetting2.08
I found the weakness in my arm afterwards distressing0.92
I felt I was a bit of a burden on my family afterwards0.86

(7) Cognitive avoidance/denial2 (4)What happened made me re-think what’s important to me−0.90
I was scared about the long-term effects−1.45
I was thankful I had been given this warning sign−1.48
Every part of my life was affected by what happened−1.85

(8) Constructive optimism2 (3)I thought how lucky I’d been not to have a full stroke2.26
I improved my lifestyle as a result of what happened1.79