Deaf Well Being Project is a study within the
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Deaf Well Being

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About the project

This project is about mental well-being. It focuses on the mental well-being outcomes of a group of d/Deaf people who were first studied in 1988, when they were 11 to 16 years old.

In the original study, Peter Hindley and other researchers wanted to find out how likely it was for d/Deaf young people to have mental health difficulties. The present study aims to find out about the current mental well-being of the d/Deaf people who were involved in the 1988 study, as well as learning what has happened to them over the past 20 years.

Study One

The first part of this project (study one) involves translating the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation - Outcome Measure (CORE-OM) into British Sign Language (BSL) and finding out about its use with d/Deaf people.

Study Two/Three

Studies two and three involve tracing the original group of d/Deaf people who were in the 1988 study; finding out about their current mental well-being and what has happened to them since 1988, e.g., their employment histories, education, family life, social life and health in general. Those who volunteer will be asked to complete CORE-OM to find out more about their current mental well-being. In addition, some participants will be invited to be interviewed about their lives since leaving school, any key turning points for them and how they consider their own life events and experiences have influenced their well-being.

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