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Quality of life of people with the Usher syndrome

Tinka Ferkolj (2019) Quality of life of people with the Usher syndrome. MSc thesis.

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    Usher syndrome is a rare genetic disease and the most common syndrome that causes a simultaneous vision and hearing impairment (in certain cases also balance disorder). It is also unknown to the general public and professionals in the field of special and rehabilitation pedagogy. Although we talk about people with deafblindness, people affected by Usher syndrome represent only a small portion of people suffering from deafblindness who face rather different challenges in their lives due to the specific characteristics of the syndrome. In this master's thesis we focused on the issue of quality of life of people with Usher syndrome who have not been given a lot of attention in Slovenia so far. The theoretical part describes deafblindness, the characteristics of the Usher syndrome, and precise dimensions of quality of life. We studied the quality of life of people with Usher syndrome using a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview which was conducted by us personally or the research participants did it themselves or with the assistance of a third person. A mixed research approach was used in the empirical part. The goal of the master's thesis was to describe Usher syndrome and to define new forms of help that derive from the actual needs of people suffering from Usher syndrome. The study included six adults with Usher syndrome who had a confirmed diagnosis of the syndrome. In addition to the insight into the functioning of the persons involved in the study, we learned which trends (due to the small sample size) are developing in Slovenia in the area of quality of life of the research participants. We discovered that in the field of health and well-being the participants in the research indicated a trend towards depression, in the area of economic status there was a trend towards unemployment, in the field of mobility there was a trend towards reduced mobility rate and a lack of professional support. The research results make an important contribution to further studies in the area of quality of life of people with deafblindness and Usher syndrome.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Usher syndrome, deafblindness, quality of life
    Number of Pages: 73
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Damjana KogovšekMentor
    asist. dr. Ingrid Žolgar JerkovićComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12567625
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5897
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 11:24
    Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 11:24
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5897

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