Judy Dawson-Weiss, MSN RN, is a nurse practitioner at a private practice.
Perceived Experience of Caring for a Wife with Stroke
Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2012
2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 35–40, January-February 2007
How to Cite
Pierce, L. L., Steiner, V., Hicks, B. and Dawson-Weiss, J. (2007), Perceived Experience of Caring for a Wife with Stroke. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32: 35–40. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00147.x
- Issue online: 27 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2012
- male spousal caregiver stroke;
- Web-based support
This article presents a 55-year-old husband's perceived experience of caring for his wife with stroke, as learned from his 1 year of participation in a Web-based support intervention study. In a secondary analysis of data, his narrative entries (n = 213) were coded and drawn to Friedemann's framework of systemic organization. The themes that emerged from these data were that of the caregiver providing support, offering solutions, and taking control. Friedemann's system maintenance process dimension was the area that captured most of his experience, which indicated that this caregiver spent a significant amount of his energy in creating control and stability within his environment to maintain congruence or balance in his life. These findings can be used to identify and design interventions, which for male spousal caregivers, affect the quality of their lives.