Exploring the social capital of adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing and their parents: a preliminary investigation

Cara L. Wong, Teresa Y.C. Ching, Jessica Whitfield, Jill Duncan

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    Abstract

    The study explored the social capital of Australian adolescents who were deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and their parents, and investigated the relationship between social capital and individual characteristics, language, literacy, and psychosocial outcomes. Sixteen adolescents (ages 11-14 years) and 24 parents enrolled in the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study completed an online questionnaire on social capital and psychosocial outcomes. Information about demographics, language, and literacy was retrieved from the LOCHI study database. On average, parent-rated social capital was positively related to adolescent-rated social capital, but not to child outcomes. Aspects of adolescent-reported social capital were significantly related to the adolescents’ language and reading skills, but not to psychosocial outcomes. This study gives support to the promotion of social capital in adolescents who are DHH and their families, and considers how social capital promotion could be applied in interventions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)463-478
    Number of pages16
    JournalAmerican Annals of the Deaf
    Volume162
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

    Keywords

    • deaf or hard of hearing
    • adolescence
    • social capital
    • empowerment
    • language
    • literacy
    • psychosocial

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