Reciprocity in the Expression of Emotional Support among Later-Life Couples Coping with Stroke

  • Mary Ann Parris Stephens
  • Sarah L. Clark
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


One of the consequences of increased life expectancy is the growing likelihood that older adults will experience chronic illnesses or disabling conditions that can dramatically impact the quality of their own and their family members’ lives. Most older adults in the United States have at least one chronic health condition, and many have multiple chronic conditions (American Association of Retired Persons [AARP] & Administration on Aging [AoA], 1993). Nearly 30% of adults over the age of 65 and almost 60% of those over the age of 85 are limited in their activities of daily living due to health problems (AARP & AoA, 1993). In this chapter we focus on older adults who have experienced a recent stroke, particularly on how they and their caregiving spouses cope with its emotional aftermath.


Emotional Support Emotional Distress Chronic Stress Equity Theory Support Provider 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Ann Parris Stephens
    • 1
  • Sarah L. Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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