ERIC Number: ED450490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Hearing Screening of Infants and the Importance of Early Language Acquisition. Linkoping Studies in Education and Psychology No. 72.
This thesis explores parental perspectives on hearing-screening of children, and the importance of the time of detection of a congenital hearing impairment for the child's development. A qualitative approach based mainly on interviews was employed, and the results were analyzed according to three different methods-empirical phenomenology, grounded theory, and case-study. The thesis is based on four Swedish studies. The first study describes parental experiences and opinions regarding neonatal hearing screening. The second study describes parental reactions to late confirmation of a congenital hearing impairment. In the third study, the parents' experiences in early and late confirmation are compared. The fourth study focuses the importance of early or late confirmation of a congenital hearing impairment for linguistic and social development. Results indicate early detection of a congenital hearing impairment facilitates understanding of the child's needs and promotes better interaction within the family. Parents clearly preferred early knowledge of whether their child had a hearing impairment or not. A late detection was associated with much uncertainty, anxiety, and frustration. Results also show the importance of early sign language acquisition for infants with a profound congenital hearing impairment, not only for language development, but also for social development. (Contains 108 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Deafness, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Foreign Countries, Hearing Impairments, Infants, Interpersonal Communication, Interviews, Language Acquisition, Neonates, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Qualitative Research, Screening Tests, Sign Language, Social Development, Toddlers
Department of Behavioural Sciences, Linkopings universitet, SE-581 83 Linkoping, Sweden.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Linkoping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Education and Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden