An investigation of parents' attitudes and the communication skills of their deaf children.

A. Hadadian, S. Rose

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Abstract

The reciprocity and consequences of parent-child interactions are an important subject of inquiry in child development literature. The majority of studies on deaf children with hearing parents focus on differences in parent-child interactions, which emanate from a number of factors including parental attitudes toward deafness and acceptance of alternative modes of communication. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between parental attitudes toward deafness and the communication skills of their hearing-impaired children. Whereas the majority of researchers in interactional studies have focused on mothers, both parents were included in this investigation. Significant correlations were found between fathers' scores on the Attitude to Deafness Scale and the language comprehension scores of their deaf children. No significant differences in attitudes were found between mothers and fathers. Similarly, no significant differences were found between the parents of boys and the parents of girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican annals of the deaf
Volume136
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1991

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