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The Relationship between the Perception of Social Support and Post-Stroke Depression in Hospitalized Patients

Morris, Philip L. P ; Robinson, Robert G ; Raphael, Beverley ; Bishop, Duane

Psychiatry, 01 August 1991, Vol.54(3), pp.306-316 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Relationship between the Perception of Social Support and Post-Stroke Depression in Hospitalized Patients
  • Author/Creator: Morris, Philip L. P ; Robinson, Robert G ; Raphael, Beverley ; Bishop, Duane
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Medicine
  • Is Part Of: Psychiatry, 01 August 1991, Vol.54(3), pp.306-316
  • Description: In our study we examined the relationship between the perceived adequacy of social support and post-stroke depression in 76 hospitalized Australian patients. Social support or the perception of its lack, particularly from a spouse care-giver, was associated significantly with both the presence and severity of depressive disorder. Furthermore, depressed patients who perceived their support to be inadequate had a longer duration of depressive illness than depressed patients who perceived their support in a more favorable light. We conclude that following stroke, perception of social support from key relationships may mediate the emotional response to this life crisis. The implications of these findings are discussed.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0033-2747 ; E-ISSN: 1943-281X ; DOI: 10.1080/00332747.1991.11024559