The relationship between parental hearing status and self-concept of deaf and hearing children

Diana M DeLuigi, Pace University

Abstract

This study considered children's self-concept as it related to parental hearing status, child's hearing status, age and gender. Self-concept ratings were obtained for 33 pre-lingually deaf and 14 hearing eight to 13 year old children using the Modified Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept Scale (CSC-M) (Convey and Koelle, 1981). The Personal Attribute Inventory for Children (PAIC, Parish, 1976) was completed by 27 children. Research groups consisted of (1) pre-lingually deaf children of hearing parents (DH), (2) pre-lingually deaf children of deaf parents (DD), and (3) hearing children of deaf parents (HD). Pre-lingual deafness means a severe to profound hearing loss occurring before age 18 months (Gregg, 1985). Post hoc analyses of the CSC-M revealed hearing children of deaf parents also scored significantly lower than either group of deaf children on Total Self-Concept (p $<$.05) and the subscales Intellectual and School Status (p $<$.001), Anxiety (p $<$.001), Popularity (p $<$.001), and Physical Appearance and Attributes (p $<$.001). Hearing children of deaf parents scored significantly lower than deaf children of hearing parents on the subscale Behavior (p $<$.05). Contrary to previous research, no relationship between parental hearing status and self-concept of deaf children was found. Further research of hearing children and deaf parents is indicated. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Mental Health|Education, Special|Psychology, Developmental

Recommended Citation

Diana M DeLuigi, "The relationship between parental hearing status and self-concept of deaf and hearing children" (January 1, 1991). ETD Collection for Pace University. Paper AAI9114487.
http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/dissertations/AAI9114487

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