Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 238–254 | Cite as

Getting well: Impression management as stroke rehabilitation

  • Steven J. Gold
Article

Abstract

Participant observation, interview and photographic data reveal how stroke victims are taught impression management skills to cope with the physical limitations and sick role status brought on by their ailment. Their rehabilitation process is collective, intentional and seeks to have stroke victims redefined as normal, healthy individuals. This analysis focuses on the group's work to demedicalize the social definition of their condition.

Keywords

Social Psychology Healthy Individual Social Issue Physical Limitation Cross Cultural Psychology 

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© Human Sciences Press 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven J. Gold
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeley

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