Doctorate in Clinical Psychology : Main Research Portfolio
: 1) Do sex offenders experience intrusive sexual thoughts? A structured, narrative review of the phenomenology of intrusive sexual thoughts in the general, clinical and forensic population; 2) Identifying and addressing the needs of relatives in Critical Care Services at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.; 3) How do caregivers of children with co-morbid deafness and mental health difficulties experience and cope with their child’s conditions?

  • Sarah Elliott

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


Existing research indicates that caring for a child with additional difficulties can be challenging and stressful for caregivers (Mendenhall and Mount, 2011). Mental health problems and deafness can both be considered additional difficulties. However less is known about the impact of this co-morbid presentation in children on their caregivers. The present study explored how caregivers of children with comorbid deafness and mental health difficulties experienced and coped with their child’s conditions. The project took place in two stages. The first stage was designed to measure stress, coping and adjustment in caregivers of deaf and non-deaf children with mental health difficulties. The second stage provided some contextual background to caregiver’s experiences of rearing a child with co-morbid deafness and mental health difficulties.
Date of Award26 Aug 2016
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorPaul Salkovskis (Supervisor), Catherine Butler (Supervisor), Emma Griffith (Supervisor), Cathy Randle-Phillips (Supervisor), Lorna Hogg (Supervisor) & Mike Osborne (Supervisor)

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