Socio-emotional effects of the transition from sight to blindness,

M. Thurston, Allen Thurston, J McLeod

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    The research examined the socio-emotional impact of sight loss on a sample of 18 blind and partially sighted adults from the East coast of Scotland (average age 64). The impact of sight loss in four core areas mood, self concept, social connectedness and loss was explored. Data was collected using the mental health and social functioning sub-scales of the National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire-25 and semi-structured interviews. Data indicated that participants experienced reduced mental health and decreased social functioning as a result of sight loss. Data also showed that participants shared common socio-emotional issues during transition from sight to blindness, starting with diagnosis, coping with deterioration of sight, experiencing loss, experiencing changed perceptions of self in relation to society, experiencing others in a changed way and experiencing rehabilitation. A theoretical model describing the socio-emotional transition from sight to blindness is proposed. Implications for practice are explored.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-23
    Number of pages23
    JournalBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • sight loss, blindness, socio-emotional impact, transition to blindness


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