ERIC Number: EJ887634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Family Quality of Life Following Early Identification of Deafness
Jackson, Carla W.; Wegner, Jane R.; Turnbull, Ann P.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v41 n2 p194-205 Apr 2010
Purpose: Family members' perceptions of their quality of life were examined following early identification of deafness in children. Method: A questionnaire was used to solicit ratings of satisfaction from the family members of 207 children who were deaf and younger than 6 years of age. Results: Results indicated that families were generally satisfied with the areas of family life surveyed. Descriptive analysis suggested lower satisfaction ratings in the area of emotional well-being. Families also reported that their child's deafness had the largest impact on their emotional well-being. Family members of children using oral communication with a cochlear implant reported higher satisfaction with their child's speech production and perception outcomes than family members of children using hearing aids alone. Implications: We recommend that service providers and early hearing detection and intervention program coordinators consider additional supports for family well-being following the early identification of deafness in children.
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Intervention, Speech, Family Life, Deafness, Quality of Life, Identification, Assistive Technology, Questionnaires, Children, Satisfaction, Comparative Analysis, Family Needs, Family Programs, Surveys
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