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activity, caregiver, continuity theory, identity, married couples, relocation



  1. Stadnyk, Robin L. PhD


The purpose of this article is to explore the role of activities in the transitions of community-dwelling married persons that are related to placing their spouse in a nursing home. Data came from a study of lifestyle and financial issues that included qualitative, semistructured interviews of 52 community-dwelling spouses in 3 Canadian provinces. Results show that community-dwelling spouses engage in marriage-sustaining activities with their spouses, and identity-sustaining activities on their own. These activities function to provide community-dwelling spouses with a sense of continuity of their marriage and identity in the face of transition-related changes. Implications for rehabilitation professionals are discussed.