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Hearing Parents' Reactions to the Identification of Deafness and Cognitive or Motor Disabilities

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Birgit Dyssegaard and Sybil Smith-Gray

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/9780195147902.003.0006

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Hearing Parents' Reactions to the Identification of Deafness and Cognitive or Motor Disabilities

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This chapter is divided into two parts. Part I deals with the responses of hearing parents to questionnaires about stress associated with hearing loss in a young infant and about sources of support which might alleviate the stress. Part II describes parents and their children who had cognitive or motor disabilities in addition to deafness. Much of the data from hearing mothers in this study reinforces findings reported by other researchers suggesting that early identification and intervention serve to reduce the stress related to hearing loss. Reports from fathers of deaf infants suggest that they find hearing loss of their children less stressful than do their wives, but that they are, indeed, negatively affected. It is encouraging that support has a mediating influence on the stress of parents with deaf infants.

Keywords: hearing parents; deafness; motor disabilities; stress; hearing loss

Chapter.  8631 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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