Date of Graduation

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Hagstrom, Fran

Reader

Aslin, Larry W.

Second Reader

Agan, Joseph Paul, 1969-

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the social and emotional impact of dysphagia on the lives of adults with dysphagia and their caregivers. Four adults participated in this study. Five narratives were elicited, two from adult caregivers for children, two from an adult who assisted with family members, and one from an adult who experienced dysphagia. The semi-structured interviews conducted with these adults were audio taped and transcribed word for word. They were then member checked for accuracy. Themes were abstracted from the data set using narrative analysis. Emotional issues associated with dysphagia were the most common themes across all participants, followed by social themes. While fewer in number, all narratives included reports of changes in physical aspects of feeding and swallowing.

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