ERIC Number: ED171422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Social Interaction Between Deaf Preschoolers and Their Mothers: The Effects of Communication Method and Communication Competence.
Greenberg, Mark T.
The present study examined the effects of communication mode (oral vs. oral plus manual) and level of communicative competence (high vs. low) on profoundly deaf preschool children's play interactions with their hearing mothers. The sample consisted of 28 dyads equally divided into groups of oral and simultaneous (oral plus manual) communicators that were matched on audiologic and demographic variables. Videotapes of free play interaction were subjected to an interaction analysis. This analysis examined behavior at the level of the dyad or interaction rather than at the level of individuals. The duration and complexity of interaction were strongly affected by both the method and level of communication. Simultaneous dyads had interactions that were longer, more complex, and contained more cooperation and positive affect than did oral dyads. The role of simultaneous communication is discussed in terms of its benefits for both the communicative and social competence of profoundly deaf children. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Univ., Seattle. Graduate School.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Based on portion of Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia; Revised and expanded version of paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979) ; Best copy available