Title

Couples’ attributions about behaviours modulated by hearing impairment: links with relationship satisfaction

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Anderson, DL & Noble, W 2005, 'Couples’ attributions about behaviours modulated by hearing impairment: links with relationship satisfaction', International Journal of Audiology, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 197-205.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14992020500057699

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine the link between the nature of attributions made by partners about behaviours modulated by hearing loss, and overall relationship satisfaction. Forty-three hearing-impaired males and 23 hearing-impaired females together with their partners, each rated the hearing-impaired person's hearing ability, their own relationship satisfaction, and their attributions for hypothetical behaviours typically associated with impaired hearing. Attributions covered perceived causes of behaviour and perceived responsibility. The extent to which the behaviours typically associated with impaired hearing, were attributed to personal causes and responsibilities was inversely correlated with relationship satisfaction. Female partners (more than male partners, or females with impaired hearing) made attributions that accentuated the unpleasant implications of behaviour. Where attributions and ratings of degree of hearing loss were greater in partners than in the person with the loss, relationship satisfaction was lower. Implications for rehabilitation counselling are discussed.