Social Work


Effectiveness of Telemental Health Services Among a Clinical Sample of Deaf and Hearing Consumers

ID: 3974
School: School of Civic Leadership, Business, and Social Change
Program: Social Work
Status: Ongoing
Start date: July 2020
End Date: December 2022

Description

In the United States, serious mental illnesses are associated with lower quality of life, lower physical health, increased mortality rates, and lower functioning levels. In addition, those who are underserved and members of vulnerable populations are at greater risk for mental health outcome disparities. There is limited research about culturally diverse individuals in the public mental health sector. The purpose of this retrospective case study study is to examine psychosocial factors among a clinical sample of 2,189 deaf adults receiving face-to-face and telemental health public behavioral health services in Maryland.

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Help-Seeking Behavioral Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

ID: 3840
School: School of Civic Leadership, Business, and Social Change
Program: Social Work
Status: Ongoing
Start date: January 2018

Description

When deaf and hard of hearing individuals seek help for behavioral health services, many are looking for services that meet their needs in terms of linguistic skill and cultural knowledge in addition to behavioral health expertise. However, little is known about help-seeking behavior and associated beliefs among deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The purpose of this study is to examine help-seeking behaviors and self-efficacy in relation to psychosocial factors and individual demographics among a sample of 234 deaf individuals. Results of an anonymous survey indicated that self-efficacy scores improved with stronger social networks. The interaction between parents' communication method and social network influenced negative life events scores. Negative life events and parents' communication method were significant predictors of help-seeking behavior. Practitioners can incorporate these findings into their practice assessments and treatment as well as outreach efforts and program implementation.

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2020

Crowe, T. (2020). Factors associated with help-seeking and self-efficacy among a sample of deaf adults. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-020-09739-9


The Impact of COVID-19 and Emergency Online Learning on Deaf College Students' Experience of Social Isolation and Well-being

ID: 3975
School: School of Civic Leadership, Business, and Social Change
Program: Social Work
Status: Ongoing
Start date: April 2020
End Date: December 2021

Description

As many other universities in the United States, Gallaudet University switched to online learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during the spring semester of 2020. This study explores the experiences and coping strategies of deaf and hard of hearing college students, including factors such as well-being, self-efficacy, loneliness, social support, and transition to online learning.

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Scholarship and creative activity

2021

Bowman, M. E. (submitted 2021). Vulnerable populations and sex trafficking: An overview of challenges. Chapter in book: Human Trafficking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 3rd ed.