The benefits of groups for people with aphasia: "We just thought this was Christmas"
Thesis DisciplineSpeech and Language Sciences
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The benefits of being in treatment and/or non-treatment groups have not been fully investigated from the perspective of individuals with aphasia and their family members. The aims of the current study were to explore the perceived benefits for adults with aphasia post stroke of participating in treatment and/or non-treatment groups and to explore the perceived benefits for family members of having a relative with aphasia post stroke participate in treatment and/or non-treatment groups. A qualitative description research strategy was used in the study. Ten adults with aphasia post-stroke, 2 females and 8 males, and 6 family members were recruited using maximum variation sampling. The study revealed that the participants with aphasia and their family members perceived a wide range of benefits of groups involving individuals with aphasia. These results can help speech-language therapists to be aware of the range of outcomes that can be achieved for different types of groups for people with aphasia and to develop appropriate group options for individuals with aphasia.