A control group of 10 individuals with typical hearing and vision was recruited at the university in Orebro to match those in the USH2 group, and 24 individuals with typical hearing and vision were also recruited at the university to match those in the AS group.
No significant differences in gender distribution were observed between the USH2 and AS groups; however, significant differences were found with regard to age.
The sentences were presented verbally to the AS group and visually (in text) to the USH2 group.
1996) was used for the USH2 group and their matched control participants.
The verbal-ability tasks were read aloud to the participants with AS (and their controls), whereas the participants with USH2 (and their controls) read the test on a computer screen.
The control group and the USH2 group did not differ; however, the scores of the former group were significantly higher than those of the AS group, U(34), z = 4.
The 18 items in the questionnaire related to physical health and the 18 related to psychological health were analyzed, and significant differences were found between the USH2 group and the reference group in most domains.
The differences between the men and the women that were observed in the reference group were not found in the USH2 group, in which the men reported a higher occurrence of physical and psychological poor health.
When comparing the women with USH2 and the women in the reference group, five questions pertaining to physical health and two questions concerning psychological health revealed significant differences in which the women with USH2 exhibited poorer health (see Table 4).
The aims of the study were to describe the physical and psychological health of individuals with USH2 and to explore any differences in terms of gender.
Major problems with headache, fatigue, depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts were found among the participants with USH2 when compared to persons in a Swedish reference group.
The participants with USH2 reported a high degree of feelings of worthlessness, unhappiness, and depression (see Table 2), which was most evident in the men (see Table 5).