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Title: Study of Communication Between the Deaf Child and his Family
Authors: Kashyap, Lina
Keywords: Mandakini Khandekar
School of Social Work
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Abstract: Hearing impairment is both a sensory defect and a communication handicap. Therefore, the hearing- impaired child has to be viewed within the context of his familial and social environments. The objectives of this study were to trace the emerging patterns of communication between deaf child and his parents and siblings in these two environments, to analyse the influencing factors as perceived by each parent, the problems each identified and ways of coping that each devised. This exploratory study was restricted to 100 school-going deaf children aged 5-14 years and their families living in Greater Bombay. Quota sampling method was used, quotas being based on medium of instruction and child's age and sex. The impairment in a little more than half the children was confirmed within a year of onset. However, for half the children, there was a long delay between such confirmation and starting to use hearing-aid. Ninety children had at least one hearing-aid. But, 63 never wore it at home at all and 13 wore it only sometimes. The main reasons for this according to the mothers were that child did not like to wear it and that parents did not think it to be helpful. Length of schooling had a positive relationship with the child's communication ability. The child's ability to socialize with peers was significantly related to both his communication ability and academic performance. Majority of parents had poor knowledge of the handicap. Not a single parent had good knowledge of the available services and only a few had partial knowledge. Very few parents had good or even average knowledge of the administrative set up, educational methods, curriculum, etc. of their child's school. Fathers showed greater hesitancy about utilizing the services than did the mothers. Eighty-two mothers and 69 out of 78 fathers perceived the child's impact on family as neutral. Though in majority of families, both parents had a similar perception of overall impact, they held different views on individual aspects of daily life. They had varied expectations from child. However, a little more than half the parents had similar expecta┬Čtions. Mothers' expectations were significantly related to child's age but fathers' were not so related to any characteristics of the child. Majority of parents felt that their deaf child was aware of his handicap and its consequences. Majority of fathers agreed with the mothers in giving this opinion.
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