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Bachelor of Arts




Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), commonly known as strokes, are the third main cause of death in America, with 200,000 deaths occurring each year ("Seven Hopeful Facts about Stroke," 1969). But not everyone dies as a result of a stroke. There are approximately 1 1/2 million people living in the United States who have had a stroke, and over 600,000 will be stroke victims this year ("Body Language"). Many of these people will be disabled and suffer various adverse side effects as a result of the stroke. CVA is the number one crippler in North America, with two million people becoming disabled each year (Kong, 1978). One of the side effects; aphasia, intellectual and perceptual dysfunction, can cause emotional instability and poor adaptive behavior. These side effects and the common occurrence of CVAs make it a relevant cause for study among today's psychologists and physicians. This paper will deal with the causes and effects of a stroke, the side effects, and how through rehabilitation stroke victims can better adapt to their environment.

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