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Christine Marie Lehane

Christine Marie Lehane

PhD fellow

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    Current research

    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:

    (Project ISSSL)

    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 if 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.

     

    "To be or not to be" - An examination of couple's distress and relationship satisfaction during the spouse visa process:

    Although the experience of being in a long-distance relationship has received much attention from relationship researchers, relatively few studies have examined the experiences of international couples' while attempting to bridge their geographical distance. This research project is concerned with couples going through a visa application process in which they are expected to adhere to certain protocols determining the validity of their relationship and means to support one another financially. This project uses the relationship investment model of commitment in an attempt to explain the psychological distress experienced by couples going through the spouse visa application process.

    Primary fields of research

    Mental Health, Aging, Disability, Stereotyping, Relationships, Gender & Sexuality.

    Teaching

    Course Leader: Gender, Power and Intimate Personal Relationships 

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