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ISRN Stroke
Volume 2014, Article ID 231725, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/231725
Research Article

Young Women Stroke Survivors and Their Desire for Peer Support

Department of Sociology, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada P7B 5E1

Received 6 October 2013; Accepted 5 December 2013; Published 2 January 2014

Academic Editors: R. P. Kessels and A. S. Pickard

Copyright © 2014 Sharon-Dale Stone. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The concerns of young stroke survivors are not well known. The aim of this paper is to draw on data from a larger study to show that young women who survived a hemorrhagic stroke desire access to peer support, but there is not widespread access to peer support. Open-ended interviews were conducted with an international sample of 28 women to learn about their poststroke experiences and were analyzed qualitatively for common issues and themes. A prominent theme across the interviews was the significance of age-similar peer support. Participants discussed feeling alone and misunderstood and wanting to have access to peer support. In conclusion, peer support may help to enhance psychological well-being, but the survivor’s own understanding of her peers must be centrally considered.