ERIC Number: EJ909063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Peer Relationships of Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants: Predictors of Peer Entry and Peer Interaction Success
Martin, Daniela; Bat-Chava, Yael; Lalwani, Anil; Waltzman, Susan B.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v16 n1 p108-120 Win 2011
This study investigated factors that affect the development of positive peer relationships among deaf children with cochlear implants. Ten 5- to 6-year-old deaf children with implants were observed under conditions varying peer context difficulty in a Peer Entry task. Results revealed better outcomes for deaf children interacting in one-on-one situations compared to interactions including two other hearing children and better performance among girls than boys. In addition, longer duration of implant use and higher self-esteem were associated with better performance on the Peer Task, which was in turn related to parental reports of children's social functioning outside the experimental situation. These findings contribute to the growing literature describing the benefits of cochlear implantation in the areas of communication and socialization, while pointing to interventions that may enhance deaf children's social competence.
Descriptors: Deafness, Interpersonal Competence, Surgery, Assistive Technology, Peer Relationship, Young Children, Context Effect, Gender Differences, Comparative Analysis, Self Esteem, Socialization, Interpersonal Communication, Intervention, Predictor Variables, Hearing Impairments
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