Spirituality and Post-Stroke Aphasia Recovery

  • Jacqueline S. Laures-Gore
  • Penelope Leonard Lambert
  • Ann Cale Kruger
  • Jennifer Love
  • Don E. DavisJr.
Original Paper


The role of spirituality in post-stroke aphasia recovery has been ignored despite its potential contribution to positive health outcomes, particularly stroke recovery. The present study examines the spiritual experience of adults with aphasia in an effort to better understand the role of one’s spirituality in the aphasia recovery process. Thirteen adults with aphasia completed a modified spirituality questionnaire and participated in semi-structured interviews. All participants considered themselves spiritual and reported improvements in communication during post-stroke recovery. Two themes related to spirituality that emerged from the interviews were (a) a greater power being in control of events and (b) a greater power as helper.


Aphasia Stroke recovery Spirituality Religion Coping 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline S. Laures-Gore
    • 1
  • Penelope Leonard Lambert
    • 1
  • Ann Cale Kruger
    • 1
  • Jennifer Love
    • 1
  • Don E. DavisJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication DisordersGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Counseling and Psychological ServicesGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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