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Kokoreva M. E. The Role and Functions of Family in Social Adaptation of Stroke Survivors

(Moscow University for the Humanities)

Abstract ♦ The article considers the role and functions of family in social adaptation of stroke survivors, who typically face problems of physiological, psychological and domestic nature which can significantly affect the quality of living.

The main goal of social adaptation is the rehabilitation of personality, with its physiological, psychological and social functions. It is achievable only by means of close intrafamily integration, when all family members support the post-stroke patient. The family alone can fully meet the needs and help rebuild the social status of the individual.

We have classified problems associated with the negative consequences of cerebral stroke into four major categories: physiological (neurological), cognitive, socio-psychological and problems of everyday life. In relation to each category, we have defined specific roles and functions of the family which have to be performed for successful adaptation of a stroke survivor.

Having analyzed the major material and moral problems the family faces, we argue that social workers must act as counselors, advising the families of stroke survivors on their needs, items of care and rules of communication with the patient. The article suggests a comprehensive model of intrafamily functional and role-based support which summarizes the basics of social adaptation of stroke survivors.

Keywords: stroke, post-stroke condition, family, social adaptation, rehabilitation.

Kokoreva Marina Evgenievna, Postgraduate student, Department of Sociology, Moscow University for the Humanities; Expert in social work, Center for Pathology of the Speech and Neurorehabilitation, Moscow. Postal address: 5 Yunosti St., Moscow, Russian Federation, 111395. Tel.: +7 (499) 374-60-21. E-mail: Research adviser: Doctor of History, Professor V.P. Moshnyaga.


Citation: Kokoreva M. E. (2015) The Role and Functions of Family in Social Adaptation of Stroke Survivors [ ]. Znanie. Ponimanie. Umenie, no. 1, pp. 282-288. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.17805/zpu.2015.1.27

Submission date: 25.11.2014.



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