Department of Psychology > Academic staff
Christine Marie Lehane
Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 1353 København K, CSS, Building: 10-1-27
Dyadic Adjustment to Dual-Sensory Loss:
In recent years, research on psychosocial adjustment to illness or disability has increasingly recognised that health conditions are not experienced in isolation, but rather as dyadic stressors affecting both the patient and their partner. In the case of acquired dual-sensory loss (combined vision and hearing loss), the communication and independence related difficulties imposed on the partners by such a condition may impact their ability to adjust psychosocially and relationally. The aim of my research is to investigate factors associated with couples' psychosocial and relational adjustment and to create a picture of the experiences of couples living together with acquired dual-sensory loss.
This research is a sub-project in the Acquired Deafblindness Research Project conducted by the PCARe research group in collaboration with CFD Denmark.
This research project is supervised by Professor Peter Elsass and Associate Professor Jesper Dammeyer.
The International Study of Support and Sensory Loss:
Dating and forming intimate relationships is an integral part of human social development. Many studies have shown that the communication and support provided by intimate relationships are beneficial for our physical and psychological well-being. However, when one or both partners in a relationship are faced with a serious, progressive health condition such as hearing, vision or dual-sensory loss, it can place a strain on both their relationship and their psychological well-being. In fact, research has shown that sensory loss caused by conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, Usher Syndrome and Meniere's Disease – to mention a few, increase not only the patient’s risk for depression but also their partner’s, and place the couple at an increased risk for divorce.
While we know that sensory loss can have a negative impact on the lives of couples, some questions we have yet to answer are: What kinds of support are most effective for helping both partners overcome the sensory loss-related challenges? What coping styles are most helpful and does it matter whether the condition is congenital or acquired?
Project ISSSL is an online, longitudinal study run by the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Department of Optometry, University of Montreal, Canada. The aim of Project ISSSL is to enhance knowledge of the support and coping mechanisms that are most helpful for couples' adjustment to sensory loss. This project is supervised by Dr. Jesper Dammeyer and Dr. Walter Wittich.
Dyadic Adjustment to Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation:
Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a procedure used to treat hematologic malignancies and other blood disorders. It requires patients and their caregivers (usually spouses/partners) to undergo extensive hospitalization periods and is associated with significant financial, emotional, social, and relational costs.
This project is run by Dr. Shelby Langer affiliated with both the Center for Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington.
Primary fields of research
Mental Health, Aging, Disability, Stereotyping, Relationships, Gender & Sexuality.
Course Leader: Gender, Power and Intimate Personal Relationships