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Title: Socio-emotional effects of the transition from sight to blindness
Authors: Thurston, Mhairi
Thurston, Allen
McLeod, John
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Blindness
Sight loss
Socio-emotional impact
Transition to blindness
Issue Date: 17-May-2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)SAGE Publications, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0264619609359304
Citation: Thurston, M., Thurston, A. and McLeod, J. 2010. Socio-emotional effects of the transition from sight to blindness. British Journal of Visual Impairment. 28(2): pp.90-112. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0264619609359304
Abstract: The research examined the socio-emotional impact of sight loss on a sample of 18 blind and partially sighted adults from the east coast of Scotland (average age 64). The impact of sight loss in four core areas (mood, self-concept, social connectedness and loss) was explored. Data were collected using the mental health and social functioning subscales of the National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire-25 and semi-structured interviews. Data indicated that participants experienced reduced mental health and decreased social functioning as a result of sight loss. Data also showed that participants shared common socio-emotional issues during transition from sight to blindness, relating to diagnosis, coping with deterioration of sight, experiencing loss, experiencing changed perceptions of self in relation to society, experiencing others in a changed way and experiencing rehabilitation. A theoretical model describing the socio-emotional transition from sight to blindness is proposed. Implications for practice are explored.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/641
ISSN: 1744-5809
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