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Effects of Acquired Hearing Loss on Spouses' Perceived Marital Adjustment

Title: The Effects of Acquired Hearing Loss on Spouses' Perceived Marital Adjustment.
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Name(s): Mills, Lilbourne I., III, author
Pasley, B. Kay, professor directing dissertation
Jackson, Carla Wood, university representative
Rehm, Marsha L., committee member
Lee, Robert E., III, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: ABSTRACT Acquired hearing loss occurs when one loses their hearing postlingually. The condition is increasing as the world's population ages and is also increasing in younger adults as well. Little quantitative data is available on how hearing loss affects spouses' or partners' intimate relationships. Thus, the focus of this study is to explore how hearing loss affects spouses' marital adjustment. Eighty-two couples participated and couple members individually completed surveys that provided the data for this quantitative study. The statistical method used was stepwise multiple regression. The study variables were: degree of hearing loss, sudden versus gradual loss, spouses' personality, perceived social support, and spouses' marital adjustment. Use of assistive technology was tested as a moderator of the relationship between the degree of hearing loss and spouses' marital adjustment. Also, perceived social support was tested as a mediator of the relationships between degree of hearing loss, sudden versus gradual loss, spouses' personality, and marital adjustment. Perceived social support was the most significant predictor of spouses' marital adjustment and predicted higher levels of marital adjustment. Presence of children in the home was significantly associated with lower levels of marital adjustment. While use of assistive technology significantly predicted spouses' marital adjustment, it was not found to moderate the relationship between degree of hearing loss and spouses' marital adjustment. Perceived social support was found to mediate the relationships between openness and marital adjustment and conscientiousness and marital adjustment but not for the degree of hearing loss, sudden versus gradual loss, agreeableness, emotional stability, or extraversion. Implications for clinical practice are also presented.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9052 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: July 8, 2014.
Keywords: Effects of hearing loss, Hearing loss, Marital adjustment, Marital adjustment following hearing loss, Spouses' marital adjustment
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: B. Kay Pasley, Professor Directing Dissertation; Carla Wood Jackson, University Representative; Marsha L. Rehm, Committee Member; Robert E. Lee, III, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Families
Children
Life cycle, Human
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-9052
Owner Institution: FSU

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Mills, L. I. (2014). The Effects of Acquired Hearing Loss on Spouses' Perceived Marital Adjustment. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-9052