Journal Article

Coming to a Decision About Cochlear Implantation: Parents Making Choices for their Deaf Children

Merv Hyde, Renée Punch and Linda Komesaroff

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 15, issue 2, pages 162-178
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enq004
Coming to a Decision About Cochlear Implantation: Parents Making Choices for their Deaf Children

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This study combined quantitative and qualitative methods in a sequential approach to investigate the experiences of parents making decisions about cochlear implants for their deaf children. Quantitative findings from a survey instrument completed by 247 parents were extended and elaborated by qualitative findings from in-depth interviews with 27 of the survey respondents. Although parents used a variety of information sources when considering an implant, cochlear implant centers and doctors comprised their major source of information. Most parents found the decision-making process difficult and stressful, but a proportion reported finding the decision easy, believing that there was no other option for their child, and were keen for implantation to proceed as soon as possible. Implications for professionals working with families are discussed.

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

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