On the Home Front

Patrick J. Brice, Rachael M. Plotkin and Jennifer Reesman

in Diversity in Deaf Education

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780190493073
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190607838 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

On the Home Front

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Research on parenting deaf children has examined cognition, language, and communication use; age of child; cochlear implant use; educational settings; as well as the impact of parental stress. The results have been less than consistent. These conflicting findings are reviewed and examined in light of the previously neglected factor of parent personality. Recent research has shown that in addition to child characteristics and experiences of stress in the parent, the parents’ personality style—their approach to managing their emotional world—contributes significantly to childhood outcomes. Furthermore, parental personality interacts with characteristics of deaf children, such as whether cochlear implant technology is used. This has important implications for individualizing family support programs for families with deaf children. The findings reviewed help educators, professionals, and parents place into context the findings regarding important parent characteristics and behaviors that contribute to the success of deaf students.

Keywords: adjustment; cochlear implants; parenting; personality; stress

Chapter.  11680 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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