Self-efficacy — which can be defined as "your beliefs in your own competence"-- is associated with better outcomes post-stroke including: quality of life or perceived health status, depression, Activities of Daily living and, to a certain extent, physical functioning.
Survivors of stroke experience changes and difficulties in many areas of their spousal and family relationships. Within their role of husband or wife, stroke survivors described a lack of control and dramatic changes in their perception of self.
Most people who have mild strokes are discharged home directly from emergency.
A review of 13 research articles on mild stroke by Tellier and Rochette stressed that while mild stroke survivors may not have major impairments that affect their activities of daily living, they still should be assessed by a rehabilitation team. Mild stroke survivors may have small deficits that can make it difficult for them to manage complex activities the same as they did pre-stroke. Small changes in memory, ability to multi-task, or read and write can cause stroke survivors to have difficulty coping. Co-workers or family may not understand why stroke survivors are making errors because they believe that they are "completely recovered". Tellier and Rochette suggest that rehabilitation can help remediate some of the problems experienced by mild stroke survivors.