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Coping, conversation tactics and marital interaction in persons with acquired profound hearing loss (APHL): correlates of distress

Coping, conversation tactics and marital interaction in persons with acquired profound hearing loss (APHL): correlates of distress

Hallam, Richard S., Ashton, Paul, Sherbourne, Katerina, Gailey, Lorraine and Corney, Roslyn (2007) Coping, conversation tactics and marital interaction in persons with acquired profound hearing loss (APHL): correlates of distress. Audiological Medicine, 5 (2). pp. 103-111. ISSN 1651-386X (Print), 1651-3835 (Online) (doi:10.1080/16513860701223060)

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Abstract

This study investigated coping strategies, conversation tactics, and marital interaction in acquired profound hearing loss (APHL) and compared emotionally stable (n = 15) and emotionally distressed (n = 7) participants. Nominated family members were assessed on most measures. Comparisons were also made in the subgroup of married participants. A combined distress criterion was derived from scores on standardized measures of anxiety, depression, hearing handicap, and post-traumatic stress. Groups were compared on the Ways-of-Coping Checklist, a newly devised measure of conversation tactics, and on the Couple Behaviour Report. It was found that distressed APHL participants were more likely to cope through avoidance, self-blame, and wishful thinking, and they used more avoidant tactics in conversation. The coping profile of family members did not differentiate distress groups. However, there was some indication of greater employment of coercive tactics by family members of distressed participants. The results are consistent with the view that the coping style of a person with APHL and the nature of their conversational interactions with family members contribute to their level of distress. Implications for audiological rehabilitation are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: acquired hearing loss, psychosocial factors, rehabilitation, family, conversation tactics
Subjects: R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:06
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2538

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