Stevenson, Jim, McCann, Donna, Watkin, Peter, Worsfold, Sarah, Kennedy, Colin, Mullee, Mark and Yuen, Ho Ming
The relationship between language development and behaviour problems in children with hearing loss
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, (1), . (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
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.
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