Beyond hearing : social-emotional outcomes following cochlear implantation in young children

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Beyond hearing : social-emotional outcomes following cochlear implantation in young children

Title: Beyond hearing : social-emotional outcomes following cochlear implantation in young children
Author: Ketelaar, Lizet
Publisher: Developmental and Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology , Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2014-06-04
Keywords: Hearing loss
Deaf
Cochlear implant
Child
Social-emotional development
Mental health
Abstract: In comparison to hearing children, children with hearing loss more often experience social-emotional problems. This thesis aimed to assess whether this was also true for 1-to-5-year-old children who had received a cochlear implant (CI) to remediate their hearing loss. In comparison to hearing peers, children with CI were found to be delayed on some but not all aspects of social-emotional functioning. No delays were found regarding social behavior or empathy. However, children with CI did show delays on theory of mind understanding and on the development of moral emotions. Against expectations, language skills did not have a major influence on children's social-emotional development. Parents in both groups had adopted similar parenting styles. Positive parenting was associated with better social-emotional functioning in children, whereas negative or uninvolved parenting were associated with lower social-emotional functioning. Based on this thesis we can conclude that a CI is beneficial for the social-emotional development of children with a hearing loss. However, these children are still at risk of developing delays in some areas of social-emotional functioning. Furthermore, we should not assume that children with CI who have a strong language development will also show a healthy social-emotional development.
Description: Promotores: C. Rieffe, J.H.M. Frijns, Co-Promotor: C.H. Wiefferink
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Ketelaar, L., 2014, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789064647789
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/25886
 

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