Is Telemental Health Services a Viable Alternative to Traditional Psychotherapy for Deaf Individuals?

Abstract

Access to mental health treatment is a vital part of a comprehensive health care plan. Deaf individuals often have difficulty accessing mental health services. Four-hundred twenty-two participants completed an anonymous questionnaire about their perspectives of telemental health services for deaf individuals. Results showed that several variables, such as if the participant was unable to receive another type of psychotherapy and whether the therapist was ASL-fluent, were significantly related to whether the respondent would use TMH. The participants reported that TMH services are a viable option for treating a variety of mental health issues. Telemental health services can act as a bridge between consumers of mental health care and their providers allowing accessible and equitable healthcare opportunities.

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Appendix 1: Survey Instrument

Appendix 1: Survey Instrument

What Do YOU Think About TeleMental Health (TMH) Services for Deaf Individuals?

Please answer the following questions. When you are finished, please give your questionnaire to the person who gave it to you. Thank you for sharing your opinions about this type of service.

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What Types of Problems Do You Think TMH Services Could Help Deaf Individuals Solve?

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Crowe, T.V. Is Telemental Health Services a Viable Alternative to Traditional Psychotherapy for Deaf Individuals?. Community Ment Health J 53, 154–162 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-016-0025-3

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Keywords

  • Telemental health
  • Telepractice
  • Deaf
  • Mental health