Maintaining group memberships: social identity continuity predicts well-being after stroke

Neuropsychol Rehabil. Oct-Dec 2008;18(5-6):671-91. doi: 10.1080/09602010701643449.


A survey study of patients recovering from stroke (N = 53) examined the extent to which belonging to multiple groups prior to stroke and the maintenance of those group memberships (as measured by the Exeter Identity Transitions Scales, EXITS) predicted well-being after stroke. Results of correlation analysis showed that life satisfaction was associated both with multiple group memberships prior to stroke and with the maintenance of group memberships. Path analysis indicated that belonging to multiple groups was associated with maintained well-being because there was a greater likelihood that some of those memberships would be preserved after stroke-related life transition. Furthermore, it was found that cognitive failures compromised well-being in part because they made it hard for individuals to maintain group memberships post-stroke. These findings highlight the importance of social identity continuity in facilitating well-being following stroke and, more broadly, show the theoretical contribution that a social identity approach to mental health can make in the context of neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Population Groups / psychology*
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Social Identification*
  • Social Support*
  • Stroke / complications
  • Stroke / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires