The interpersonal management of crying among survivors of stroke

John F. Manzo, Robin L. Heath, Lee X. Blonder

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This study concerns the social-interactional consequences of crying among survivors of stroke. The episodes of crying analyzed here took place during interviews including the patients, the patients’ spouses, and an interviewer. This investigation innovates on past studies within the sociology of emotions by concentrating on the interpersonal dimension of emotional displays of persons with brain damage. This study also contributes to research on stroke patients’ “pathological crying” from the field of neuropsychology because it concentrates on the social, and not only the neurological or otherwise individual-level, nature of such crying. We first present overviews of both the sociology of emotions and the neuropsychology of poststroke emotionalism and address how our study contributes to both fields. We then discuss our participants and method of analysis and finally present our findings with respect to the techniques of the management of crying exhibited by the stroke patients’ interlocutors as well as by the patients themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-184
Number of pages24
JournalSociological Spectrum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Received 10August 1996; accepted 27June 1997. This research was supported in part by Lee X. Blonder's National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke FIRST Grant NS29082 and National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant MH15370 for John F. Manzo's postdoctoral training. We thank research assistant Amy Kirkpatrick,thestaff at Cardinal Hill Hospital, andtheindividuals who participated in this study. Address correspondence to John F. Manzo, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, 203College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1P9.

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  • Sociology and Political Science


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