Journal Article

Parenting Styles of Mothers With Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Children and Hearing Siblings

Katerina Antonopoulou, Kika Hadjikakou, Aglaia Stampoltzis and Nicoletta Nicolaou

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 17, issue 3, pages 306-318
Published in print November 2012 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/ens013
Parenting Styles of Mothers With Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Children and Hearing Siblings

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The present study aims to determine whether rearing a deaf or hard-of-hearing (d/hh) child would differentiate the parenting and disciplinary preference of parents between the d/hh and the hearing child. The parenting styles of 30 hearing mothers from Cyprus were assessed using the Greek version of the Parenting Styles & Dimensions Questionnaire. Additionally, mothers rated sibling interactions using the sibling inventory of behavior. The results indicated that the dominant parenting style for both the hearing and the d/hh children among the participating mothers was the authoritative type and the least prevalent parental types were the permissive and the strict. Moreover, mothers’ perceptions of sibling relationship were found to be a significant factor in predicting mothers’ reported parenting styles in this sample. The contribution of the present findings to our knowledge of the parenting characteristics and practices of families who have a d/hh child along with their possible implications for child and family services are discussed.

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

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