Mental Health Of Deaf Adults : Symptoms Of Anxiety And Depression Among Hearing And Deaf Individuals
Kvam, M., Loeb, M., & Tambs, K. (2007). Mental Health in Deaf Adults: Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Among Hearing and Deaf Individuals. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 12(1), 1-7. doi: 10.1093/deafed/en1015.
Purpose: This study was to determine mental health distress among the deaf community comparatively to the hearing community. This study was geared towards understanding mental health risks of deaf participants in order to understand and focus more appropriate and equal health services towards underserved communities.
Research Design and Sample: This study randomly selected population samples; two groups of participants were used throughout this study to form a hearing sample and a deaf sample. The hearing sample included 51,975 participants over 20 years of age (42.5% were 45 years old or younger); of this sample 47% were men and 53% were women. This sample of participants completed audiometric tests, a series of questions about mental health and the NTHL (Nord-Trondelag Health Study—HUNT 2) varied medical examinations. Of the sample, 7,905 individuals were determined to have a hearing loss. Therefore, the remaining 42,815 individuals make up the hearing population and are used as a control sample in the article being evaluated (“Mental Health”, 2006, p. 2). There were 431 participants involved in this sample and 46% response rate among them. The…