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Psychological well-being of adults with acquired hearing impairment
Ear, Nose and Throat Department, St Olav's University Hospital of Trondheim, Norway.
Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2006 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 28, no 9, p. 535-545Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To study psychological well-being (health-related quality of life) in a population of adults 20 years and over with hearing impairment (HI) and its relation to audiological factors, consequences of the HI, sense of humour, and use of communication strategies.

Subjects and methods: Consecutive adults (n = 343) at the outpatient Unit of Audiology of a Norwegian university hospital answered the Psychological General Well-being inventory (PGWB), Hearing Disability and Handicap Scale (HDHS), Sense of Humour Questionnaire-6 (SHQ-6), and Communication Strategies Scale (CSS) in relation to an audiological examination and medical consultation.

Results: Mean PGWB index for the whole sample was 81.4 (SD 14.3) and females reported a significantly lower psychological well-being. In multiple linear regression analyses well-being was negatively associated with high levels of activity limitation and participation restriction. PGWB index was positively associated with high sense of humour, but was neither explained by audiological factors nor use of communication strategies.

Conclusions: Psychological well-being was associated with the outcome of a standard HI assessment of activity limitation and participation restriction, but not with degree of HI and use of communication strategies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Informa Healthcare, 2006. Vol. 28, no 9, p. 535-545
Keywords [en]
Hearing impairment, Audiology, Health-related quality of life, Activity limitation, Participation restriction, Communication strategies
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Medical and Health Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-478DOI: 10.1080/09638280500215891ISI: 000237470900001PubMedID: 16690583Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33646675637Local ID: 2082/817OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-478DiVA, id: diva2:237657
Available from: 2007-02-06 Created: 2007-02-06 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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