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Theoretical Rationale for the Longitudinal Study

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Lynne Sanford Koester, Patricia E. Spencer and Robert H. MacTurk

in The World of Deaf Infants

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195147902
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893775 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147902.003.0002

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Theoretical Rationale for the Longitudinal Study

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This chapter provides a general view of the different worlds of deaf and hearing infants born to hearing or to deaf parents, and a summary of the major variables investigated in the study. The chapter is organized to show the major tasks and achievements of infants during this period, the parental behaviors that facilitate development, and the research questions that framed the Gallaudet Infancy Study (GIS). These sections are followed by a description of the ordinary course of parent-infant relationships when infants are deaf and parents are hearing, and then by a description of the influence of Deaf culture on the relationships of deaf infants with deaf parents.

Keywords: hearing infants; deaf parents; parental behavior; Gallaudet Infancy Study; parent-infant relationships

Chapter.  5410 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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