The Deaf and Mental Health Treatment Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Deaf and Mental Health Treatment
Exploration of mental health treatment quality for deaf patients, focusing on whether it differs from that of hearing patients.
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This paper explores the topic of mental health treatment quality for deaf patients. The paper refers to, among others, an article by Jeffrey Dickert, published in 1988, which showed that healthcare professionals in a mental healthcare facility evaluate deaf people who are mentally ill differently than those who are "just" mentally ill, prescribing more restrictive forms of treatment and greater supervision. The paper concludes that the need exists for more education to those healthcare providers who will have one-on-one contacts with the deaf; interpreters, doctors, and therapists need to know how to better communicate with this population; and the deaf have to be able to become more knowledgeable about their rights, so they can feel comfortable, regardless of the situation, in asking for something that is owed to them.

From the Paper:

"Given this found need for better training, education and understanding by healthcare professionals and interpreters, it comes as no surprise, then, that deaf individuals may be reluctant to get mental health care support when they need it or have greater fear, mistrust and frustration than the general public when it comes to having encounters with mental healthcare providers. This is what was found in another study by Steinberg et al (2005), "Health Care System Accessibility Experiences and Perceptions of Deaf People. The authors collected information regarding healthcare communication and perceptions of clinician attitudes as well as both positive and negative encounters with mental healthcare providers. They found that deaf individuals often felt mistrust toward these individuals. On the other hand, some of them did have positive experiences. This was when there were medically experienced interpreters, professionals who had sign language ability and who did their best to enhance the communication process. A significant number of the people interviewed said they did not know much about their legal rights nor how to advocate for themselves in such situations. Some did feel that those in the healthcare field need to learn more about the socio-cultural aspects of deafness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cornes, A. & Napier, J. (2005) Challenges of mental health interpreting when working with deaf people. Australasian Psychiatry. 13(4).
  • DeVinney, J, & Murphy, S. (2002) Mental Health Experiences and Deafness: Personal and Legal Perspectives. Psychiatric rehabilitative journal, 25(3), 304-309.
  • Dickert, J. (1988) Examination of Bias in Mental Health Evaluation of Deaf Patients. Social Work, May-June.
  • Steinberg, A.G., Bornett, S., Meador, H.E., Wiggins, E.A., & Zazove, P. (2005) Populations at Risk. Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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