ERIC Number: EJ1174120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
How Do Deaf Adults Define Quality of Life?
McAbee, Emilee R.; Drasgow, Erik; Lowrey, K. Alisa
American Annals of the Deaf, v162 n4 p333-349 2017
Six deaf adults defined quality of life (QOL) in personal interviews. Questions were based on an eight-domain QOL framework: physical well-being, emotional well-being, interpersonal relations, social inclusion, personal development, material well-being, self-determination, and rights (Schalock & Alonso, 2002). The interview process had three phases. First, a pilot study (N = 3) evaluated the questions for logic, clarity, and applicability. Next, six deaf adults participated in videotaped, structured interviews. Then four deaf adults participated in videotaped, structured follow-up interviews. Interpretive coding was used in data analysis to establish themes across participants. Five QOL themes, as explained by the participants, emerged from the interviews: (a) Being deaf was integral to who the study participants were. (b) Friends and family were important. (c) Independence was valued. (d) The local vocational rehabilitation services department hindered QOL. (e) Multiple problems existed with interpreters and interpreting in the medical field.
Descriptors: Adults, Deafness, Quality of Life, Definitions, Well Being, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Integration, Inclusion, Individual Development, Self Determination, Civil Rights, Structured Interviews, Pilot Projects, Video Technology, Coding, Data Analysis, Self Concept, Friendship, Independent Living, Vocational Rehabilitation, Barriers, Deaf Interpreting
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