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Research into mental health has always been difficult, and often ignored. Research into the mental health of Deaf people has been almost completely ignored.


With a few notable exceptions, it is not an area that has generated a lot of research. A handful of clinicians, working in the field, have found time to write some papers. These are very useful and help our understanding. But compared to other 'conditions', even within the mental health field, the level of research is still low.



Mental Health and Deafness, Edited by Peter Hindley & Nick Kitson (Whurr 1999)

This book contains chapters on a wide range of issues relating to mental health and deafness. It provides a superb guide to the evidence available and some of the practical difficulties faced by patients and clinicians. Available from Forest Books.


Deafness and Mental Health, Denmark J. (Jessica Kingsley 1994)

An important volume by one of the pioneers in the field. Available from Forest Books.


Journal papers and articles


du Feu, M & Fergusson, K Sensory Impairment and Mental Health, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 2003


Hindley, P (1997) Research review: psychiatric aspects of hearing impairment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 38, 101-117


Ridgeway, S.M. (1997), Deaf people and psychological health - some preliminary findings. Deaf Worlds, Issue 1, volume 13, 9-17


Young, A., Monteiro, B. and Ridgeway, S. (2000), Deaf people with mental health needs in the criminal justice system: a review of the UK literature, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 11(3), December 2000, pp.556-570



Other sources

The Proceedings of the European Congresses on Mental Health and Deafness are available, and contain many valuable contributions on a wide range of subjects within the field.


Acrobat Executive Summary to Mental Health Foundation & Sign's Basic Rights Charter - excellent overview


Deaf Culture and BSL - impact on the threapeutic relationship from the therapist's perspective

Research on the therapeutic relationship between a Deaf person and a counsellor. This has very helpful information for Deaf people considering seeing a counsellor, and for professionals who want to understand why specialist Deaf counselling is different.