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Mental Well-Being Outcomes for Deaf Young People:

A 22 year follow up study of the mental well-being of a cohort of deaf young people previously screened for the likelihood of having a psychiatric disorder.

Katherine Rogers, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Social Research with Deaf People (SORD)

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is part of Katherine Rogers’s Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Brief description of research

This study is a follow up to a study of deaf young people that was carried out in 1988. In that original study, Peter Hindley and other researchers wanted to find out how likely was for deaf young people to have mental health difficulties. The original study showed that many more young deaf people were experiencing mental health difficulties in comparison with hearing young people.

The original data that was collected by Hindley and his team was stored away but not with the names or contact details of those who took part. Those deaf young people who did take part will now be between 32 and 39 years old. This new study will try to trace those deaf people and find out what their well-being is like now and what has happened to them over the past 22 years since they were first involved in the research in 1988.

The project is divided into two parts; anyone can volunteer for study one but only some people can take part in study two. 


Volunteers needed: STUDY ONE  

This study one is looking at how well-being assessments in BSL and English can be used with the d/Deaf populations. I am looking for deaf adults (aged 18 or above) to volunteer to take part in my study.  This involves deaf people completing an online questionnaire about well-being.  The questionnaire is available in both BSL and English, you will be asked to choose either one and fill it in.  The questionnaire will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.  When you have completed the questionnaire, you will be paid for your time.


Volunteers needed: STUDY TWO/THREE

If you are aged between 32 and 39 years old and went to school in London, read on!   I am looking for deaf people who were involved in a study that was carried out in 1988 by Peter Hindley and others.  These deaf people will now be between 32 and 39 years old. They would also have attended one of these schools in London:
  • Haverstock School
  • Sedgehill School
  • St. Paul’s School
  • Oak Lodge School
If you match the above criteria in study two, it is likely that you were involved in Hindley’s study 22 years ago.  I would like to get in touch with you because I would like to know your current mental well-being and find out what has happened to you in the last 22 years. 

More information about my study is explained in the information sheet, which is available in written English and BSL, at

Email Katherine Rogersfor further details:

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
Social Research with Deaf People (SORD)
School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work
Room 4.312, Jean McFarlane Building
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel: (18002) 0161 306 7752 [(typetalk) or minicom only]
SMS: 07856 686533