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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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
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02124.x
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
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2010Published
21 July 2009Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 15:30
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:20

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