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ERIC Number: EJ970915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 14
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ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Pathways Underlying Somatic Complaints in Children and Adolescents Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Kouwenberg, Maartje; Rieffe, Carolien; Theunissen, Stephanie C. P. M.; Oosterveld, Paul
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v17 n3 p319-332 Nov 2012
Frequent somatic complaints are not only a problem in themselves but also related to other difficulties. So far, no conclusive findings have been reported about the prevalence of and factors underlying these complaints in children and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Such information would be valuable for prevention and intervention. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of somatic complaints and their relation with emotional functioning in DHH youngsters, as compared with hearing youngsters. This was established by assessing how somatic complaints, mood states, and sense of coherence were experienced by 186 Dutch participants (mean age = 11;07 years). DHH and hearing groups were compared using multivariate analysis of variance and structural equation modeling. The results showed that somatic complaints were reported equally often for both groups, but that the pathways leading to these complaints were partly different. Only in DHH participants were feelings of fear associated with more somatic complaints. The results suggest that DHH children and adolescents would benefit from support in the regulation of fear and its causes. Other aspects affecting adjustment outcomes of DHH youngsters were education type and communication mode.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands