Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications

Title

Perspectives of People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Health Policy and Research; Commonwealth Medicine

Date

12-2013

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Deafness; Hearing Loss; Mental Health Services; Health Services Accessibility

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Public Health

Abstract

This qualitative study sought to better understand the experiences of deaf and hard of hearing individuals with accessing recovery-oriented mental health services and peer support via a focus group and interviews. Cultural brokers were used to facilitate culturally-sensitive communication with study participants. Findings indicate that access to adequate mental health services, not just recovery-oriented and peer support services, is not widely available for this population, largely due to communication barriers. Feelings of isolation and stigma are high among this population. Public mental health systems need to adapt and expand services for various cultural groups to insure recovery.

Comments

Citation: Cabral L, Muhr K, Savageau J. Perspectives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing on mental health, recovery, and peer support. Community Ment Health J. 2013 Dec;49(6):649-57. doi: 10.1007/s10597-012-9569-z. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Keywords

Mental health, Recovery and peer support, Deaf and hard of hearing community, Cultural brokers