The relationship between language development and behaviour problems in children with hearing loss


Stevenson, Jim, McCann, Donna, Watkin, Peter, Worsfold, Sarah and Kennedy, Colin Hearing Outcomes Study Team (2010) The relationship between language development and behaviour problems in children with hearing loss. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, (1), 77-83. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02124.x). (PMID:19686333).

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Description/Abstract

Background: there are well-replicated findings that link poor development on a range of communication
skills with increased behavioural problems. This paper examines this relationship in children with
hearing loss.

Method: one hundred and twenty children with hearing loss (67 boys, 53 girls) and 63
hearing children (37 boys, 26 girls) with a mean age of 8 years from eight districts in Southern England
were assessed for receptive and expressive language skills. The relationships between these measures
and an aggregate of parent- and teacher-reported behaviour problems in the children were investigated.

Results: children with hearing loss had higher levels of behaviour problems compared to
hearing children. Once the language abilities of children with hearing loss are taken into account, the
negative effects of hearing loss on behaviour disappear.

Conclusions: behaviour problems are found
more commonly in children with hearing loss and the level of behaviour problems is highest amongst
those children with hearing loss with the least developed language capabilities.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0021-9630 (print)
1469-7610 (electronic)
Alternative titles: Behaviour problems and hearing impairment
Keywords: children, hearing loss, receptive language, expressive language, behaviour problems
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
Faculty of Medicine > Primary Care and Population Sciences
ePrint ID: 145061
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 15:30
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 13:47
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/145061

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