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Psychosocial Development in a Danish Population of Children With Cochlear Implants and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

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Research has shown a prevalence of psychosocial difficulties ranging from about 20 to 50 percent among children with hearing loss. This study evaluates the prevalence of psychosocial difficulties in a Danish population in relation to different explanatory variables. Five scales and questionnaires measuring sign language, spoken language, hearing abilities, and psychosocial difficulties were given to 334 children with hearing loss. Results show that the prevalence of psychosocial difficulties was 3.7 times greater compared to a group of hearing children. In the group of children with additional disabilities, the prevalence was three times greater compared to children without additional disabilities. If sign-language and/or oral language abilities are good, the children do not have a substantially higher level of psychosocial difficulties than do hearing children. This study documents the importance of communication - no matter the modality or degree of hearing loss - for the psychosocial well-being of hearing impaired children.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Vol/bind15
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)50-58
Antal sider9
ISSN1081-4159
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2010

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