Parental involvement in the care and intervention of children with hearing loss

Ennur Erbasi*, Nerina Scarinci, Louise Hickson, Teresa Y C Ching

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Abstract

Objective: The present study aimed to explore the nature of parental involvement in the intervention of children with hearing loss, as experienced by parents. Design: A qualitative descriptive methodology was adopted to conduct semi-structured in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of parents who have a child with hearing loss. Study sample: Seventeen parents of 11 children aged 6–9 years participated in this study. Results: The overarching theme of parents taking the central role was identified using thematic analysis. This overarching theme connected five themes which described the nature of parental involvement: (1) parents work behind the scenes; (2) parents act as ‘case managers’; (3) parents always have their child’s language development in mind; (4) parents’ role extends to advocacy for all children with hearing loss; and (5) parents serve a number of roles, but at the end of the day, they are parents. Conclusions: The results indicate that parental involvement in the intervention of children with hearing loss is multifaceted in nature and incorporates a broad range of behaviours and practices. These findings have important implications for the provision of family-centred practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S15-S26
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume57
Issue numbersup2
Early online date1 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • children
  • hearing loss
  • parental involvement
  • intervention
  • family-centred practice

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