Journal Article

Conceptualizing and Conducting Preoperative Psychological Assessments of Cochlear Implant Candidates

Robert Q Pollard

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 1, issue 1, pages 16-28
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 1996 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.deafed.a014276
Conceptualizing and Conducting Preoperative Psychological Assessments of Cochlear Implant Candidates

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A review of literature pertaining to psychosocial research on cochlear implantation is embedded in this formulation of how preoperative psychological assessments should be conceptualized and conducted. This article considers various purposes of such assessments, including those relevant to candidate selection, exclusion, and readiness. Particular attention is directed to the conceptualization and operational investigation of candidate readiness, which includes aspects of motivation and informed consent. A number of related ethical issues are discussed. Assessment in this context is framed as both a data collection and an intervention procedure. The article describes specific methodologies useful in preoperative psychological assessment, including questionnaires, interviews, and psychological tests.

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

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