The Health Belief Models Application to the Mental Health Experiences and Expectancies of Deaf Adults

Purpose of this research. This is a research study that explores the perceived benefits and barriers to accessing mental health care among members of the Deaf community. You will be asked some questions via the online survey about your past experiences or what you believe would happen if you were to seek mental health treatment, in terms of communication access.

Duration of the research. The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Procedure. You will be asked to read this Informed Consent Form. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to click the “I agree” button at the end of this page. The survey will then appear on the screen.

Participation is Voluntary. Your participation is completely voluntary, and you may choose not to participate or stop at any time without penalty of any kind.

Results are Anonymous. The results are completely anonymous. Although the original link requesting your participation was sent specifically to your email address, the survey is set to compile responses anonymously, so your personal answers will not be visible to anyone.

Dissemination of the Results. The results will be submitted for presentation at professional conferences and in professional journals. At no time will your identity be revealed during the presentation of the results of this study.

Questions about the Research. If you have any questions about this research, or would like a summary of the results, please contact the principal investigator, Melissa Whalen, at If you have questions about your rights as a study participant, you may contact Psychology Department Research Review Committee Chair, Dr. Steven Huprich, at (734) 487-1155, or

Expected Risks of the Study. There are no risks greater than talking to another person about these topics. However, should you wish to talk with someone, you may contact the principal investigator, Melissa Whalen, for a referral hotline number in your area.

Benefits of the Research. When you participate, you will learn more about how research is done. You may not benefit yourself from this research, but you are helping to find out how the mental health field could become more accessible to the Deaf community.

Summary: I have read all of the above information about this research study, including the research procedures, possible risk, side effects, and the likelihood of any benefit to me. I hereby consent and do voluntarily offer to follow the study requirements and take part in the study.

Thank you for participating!

Melissa Whalen, M.A.
Doctoral Fellow