A qualitative analysis of parental coping with an early diagnosis of hearing loss in Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Fourie, Robert James en
dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Jeanne en
dc.contributor.author Kenny, Meabh
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-13T09:44:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Kenny, M. 2016. A qualitative analysis of parental coping with an early diagnosis of hearing loss in Ireland. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 314
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2181
dc.description.abstract The recent implementation of Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening (UNHS) in all 19 maternity hospitals across Ireland has precipitated early identification of paediatric hearing loss in an Irish context. This qualitative, grounded theory study centres on the issue of parental coping as families receive and respond to (what is typically) an unexpected diagnosis of hearing loss in their newborn baby. Parental wellbeing is of particular concern as the diagnosis occurs in the context of recovery from birth and at a time when the parent-child relationship is being established. As the vast majority of children with a hearing loss are born into hearing families with no prior history of deafness, parents generally have had little exposure to childhood hearing loss and often experience acute emotional vulnerability as they respond to the diagnosis. The researcher conducted in-depth interviews primarily with parents (and to a lesser extent with professionals), as well as a follow-up postal questionnaire for parents. Through a grounded theory analysis of data, the researcher subsequently fashioned a four-stage model depicting the parental journey of receiving and coping with a diagnosis. The four stages (entitled Anticipating, Confirming, Adjusting and Normalising) are differentiated by the chronology of service intervention and defined by the overarching parental experience. Far from representing a homogenous trajectory, this four-stage model is multifaceted and captures a wide diversity of parental experiences ranging from acute distress to resilient hopefulness en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (UCC Department of Medicine and Health) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Meabh Kenny. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Parent en
dc.subject Mother en
dc.subject Father en
dc.subject Coping en
dc.subject Grief en
dc.subject Loss en
dc.subject Trajectory en
dc.subject Delivering a diagnosis en
dc.subject Resilience en
dc.subject Hope en
dc.subject Child en
dc.subject Childhood en
dc.subject Hearing loss en
dc.subject Deaf en
dc.subject Infant en
dc.subject Paediatric en
dc.subject Hearing impairment en
dc.title A qualitative analysis of parental coping with an early diagnosis of hearing loss in Ireland en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Medicine and Health) en
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dc.check.date 2021-01-11T09:44:57Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Speech And Hearing Sciences en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor j.jackson@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2016 en


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