Deafened tutors’ experiences of delivering the challenging deafness (CD) course: ‘Recharging my motivational battery’

Julie H. Barlow, Andrew P. Turner, C.L. Hammond, L. Gailley

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    The objective was to examine tutors’ views regarding motivation to become a lay tutor on a generic, lay-led self-management programme, ‘Challenging Deafness’ (CD); their experience of course delivery; and the impact of being a tutor on their own lives. Eight tutors (6 male) were interviewed face-to-face. Data were analysed using content analysis. Motivation to become a tutor was associated with desire to help others and establish a new purpose in life. Tutors derived a satisfaction from sharing experiences with course participants and felt their contribution to the welfare of others was valued not only by course participants, but also by friends, family and society. Delivering CD courses reinforced tutors’ own self-management, helped develop new skills (e.g. giving presentations), and enhanced confidence. Challenges associated with the tutor role included fatigue, travelling to venues, and managing some course participants. Although tutors felt supported in their role, some felt that advertising materials should reflect the psychosocial nature of the course. Several tutors suggested course modifications specific to the needs of deafened adults
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)438-445
    JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    This is an electronic version of an article published in the International Journal of Audiology 45 (8). The International Journal of Audiology is available online at:


    • self-management
    • deafness
    • deafened adults


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