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Christine Marie Lehane

Christine Marie Lehane


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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 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 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.


    The Use and Accessibility of Touch-Screen Devices Among Individuals with Visual Impairment:

    The aim of this study is to assess which mainstream touch screen devices and installable apps are being used by persons who are blind, deaf-blind or who have low vision, and whether these mainstream devices are replacing the role of conventional assistive aids.

    This project is run by Natalie Martiniello and supervised by Dr. Walter Wittich, both from the University of Montreal, Canada.


    Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing Male and Female Sexual Desire:

    The aim of this project is to examine the role of socio-cultural factors as explanations for the sexual desire gap between men and women. This project is a collaboration between the PCARE research group at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen and the Departments of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan. The project is lead by Associate Professor Terri Conley.


    Spouse Involvement in Gestational Diabetes Management:

    One potentially important but largely overlooked factor in women’s GDM treatment adherence is spouse involvement. Research has long shown that spouses’ eating habits, weight, and exercise routines tend to be similar and, more recently, it has been shown that GDM in mothers is linked to T2DM in fathers. This suggests that GDM should be considered a family-environment issue rather than a challenge for pregnant women only. In this mixed-methods project, we will study how spouse involvement (or lack thereof) and couples' interactions influence women's diabetes management during pregnancy.




    Primary fields of research

    Mental Health, Disability, Rehabilitation, Social Support, Coping, Intimate Relationships, Gender & Sexuality.


    Course Leader: Gender, Power and Intimate Personal Relationships 

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