Global meaning in people with stroke: Content and changes

Elsbeth Littooij, Joost Dekker, Judith Vloothuis, Carlo J.W. Leget, Guy A.M. Widdershoven

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After a traumatic event like a stroke, people need to find meaning and control again. This study enhances knowledge on one of the driving principles behind meaning-making processes: global meaning. Global meaning refers to individuals’ general orienting systems, comprising fundamental beliefs and life goals. Little is known about global meaning in people with stroke and whether global meaning changes after stroke. In this qualitative study, five aspects of global meaning were found: core values, relationships, worldview, identity and inner posture. Continuity in all aspects was reported, but worldview, identity and inner posture were also subjected to change.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Adaptation
  • Beliefs
  • Global meaning
  • Qualitative methods
  • Stroke
  • Values

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