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The role of hope in those recovering from an Acquired Brain Injury

Staffordshire University

Open to: Adults that have experienced stroke more than three months ago or severe stroke more than twelve months ago
Deadline: 30 September 2023
Apply: You can take part by following this link
Contact: : If you have any questions please contact Emily at

Researchers are interested in finding out what can predict a sense of hopefulness for people after they have experienced a brain injury (including stroke).

Research participation requests are sent to the Stroke Association from external research institutions (e.g. universities and hospitals).

We conduct checks on these before promoting but are not involved in their running. This means we cannot comment on trials and have no affiliation with them.

What is the opportunity about?

Given how difficult the adjustment can be, it is useful to consider what may be helpful in supporting people. If a person is hopeful, it means they are less likely to experience depression or stress and can work towards goals that are important to them.

Research suggests that some things that may affect hopefulness are shame, guilt, the severity of a person’s injury, whether someone feels responsible for their injury and their psychological flexibility (being accepting of your experiences and being able to adapt to situations). This information can be helpful in supporting people with an ABI to become more hopeful.

What will it involve?

The study involves completing some questionnaires that will ask you about your age, your gender, your brain injury, your experiences of working towards goals you have set, and your experiences of shame, blame and guilt.

Who can take part?

We invite you take part if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older

  • Have acquired a mild brain injury (including stroke) at least three months ago


  • Have acquired a severe brain injury (including stroke) at least twelve months ago

Please note: Unfortunately, you are unable to take part if you are under 18, have a degenerative condition (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease or dementia), you have a terminal illness, or if you require a translator.

You must also have the mental capacity to make informed decisions regarding your participation.

What will you get from taking part?

Whilst there are no direct benefits to taking part, some people find it an interesting and helpful process to share their views on topics that directly affect them. It is also hoped that the findings of this study will help to furthering an understanding of what might predict hopefulness after a brain injury.

How can I take part?

You can find out more about the study and take part by following this link.

You can also contact Emily at if you have any questions.

Information on taking part in research

Research participation helps research teams to test new ideas and approaches by sharing information or trying new approaches in clinical trials.

Taking part in clinical trials can support research to:

  • Stop strokes from happening.
  • Treat strokes.
  • Support stroke survivors and their families to rebuild their lives.

By taking part in research, you can help us to learn more about stroke and make a difference in the lives of future stroke survivors.

Find out how our research has made a difference in the lives of people affected by stroke.

We have produced the Clinical Trials and Stroke booklet to explain more about clinical trials and answer questions you might have about taking part. The booklet was produced with the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

Find out more about taking part in research