Journal Article

Mothers' Stress and Expectations as a Function of Time Since Child's Cochlear Implantation

Amatzia Weisel, Tova Most and Rinat Michael

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 12, issue 1, pages 55-64
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online September 2006 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enl020
Mothers' Stress and Expectations as a Function of Time Since Child's Cochlear Implantation

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This study examined stress, attitudes, and expectations among mothers of deaf children who underwent cochlear implantation (CI), as related to time elapsed since surgery. Participants were 64 mothers of such children at different points in the implantation process: candidates, 0–3 years postimplantation, and more than 3 years later. Expectations in communication and academic domains decreased as time since implantation passed. No differences emerged in stress levels between the 3 groups. Higher levels of mothers' and fathers' education correlated with lower stress levels. Older mothers expressed lower levels on the cohesion dimension of family functioning. Findings suggested the need to consider mothers' expectations in the rehabilitation process and to encourage mothers' realistic expectations with regard to the effects of CI.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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