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ERIC Number: EJ1174255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
Emotional Availability and Touch in Deaf and Hearing Dyads
Paradis, Grace; Koester, Lynne Sanford
American Annals of the Deaf, v160 n3 p303-315 2015
In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the development of deaf children, though few studies have included Deaf parents. The present study examined emotional availability (EA) and functions of touch used by Deaf or hearing parents with hearing or deaf infants during free play. Sixty dyads representing four hearing status groups were observed when the infants were 18 months old. Comparisons among all four groups revealed significant differences in regard to parental sensitivity and child responsiveness, with hearing mothers with deaf infants tending to score lowest in the various subcategories of EA. Significant differences were also found for "attentional" touch and "total" touch, with deaf mothers of deaf or hearing infants using both types of touch more than hearing mothers of deaf or hearing infants. The importance of support and interventions for hearing mothers with deaf infants is discussed. [The research for the present study was supported, in part, by the Division of Maternal and Child Health and Resources Development (Grant no. MCJ-110563).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
Grant or Contract Numbers: MCJ110563