A qualitative meta-synthesis on the experience of psychotherapy for deaf and hard-of-hearing people

Ian James Gill, John R E Fox

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    Abstract

    A review was conducted to examine the experiences that affect the therapeutic relationship when a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing meets with a therapist. Electronic databases were searched using keywords and 10 qualitative articles were retrieved that met the inclusion criteria. A qualitative meta-synthesis was conducted on the articles, including appraisal, comparison, and synthesis of findings. The results of the synthesis highlighted seven areas where the therapeutic relationship is challenged, including issues which occur before and during psychotherapy. The findings of the review are discussed in the context of the articles' limitations. The implications of the results are discussed in terms of clinical practice, future research, and current models in psychology which are based on hearing participants. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)637-651
    Number of pages14
    JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
    Volume15
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

    Keywords

    • deaf
    • hard-of-hearing
    • qualitative
    • sign language
    • therapy

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