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

The relationship between language development and behaviour problems in children with hearing loss
The relationship between language development and behaviour problems in children with hearing loss
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.
children, hearing loss, receptive language, expressive language, behaviour problems
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Stevenson, Jim
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McCann, Donna
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Watkin, Peter
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Worsfold, Sarah
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Kennedy, Colin
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Hearing Outcomes Study Team
Stevenson, Jim
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Watkin, Peter
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Worsfold, Sarah
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Kennedy, Colin
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Stevenson, Jim, McCann, Donna, Watkin, Peter, Worsfold, Sarah, Kennedy, Colin, Mullee, Mark and Yuen, Ho Ming , Hearing Outcomes Study Team (2010) The relationship between language development and behaviour problems in children with hearing loss. Journal of Child Psychology & 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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 21 July 2009
Published date: January 2010
Keywords: children, hearing loss, receptive language, expressive language, behaviour problems
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences, Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 145061
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/145061
ISSN: 0021-9630
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Date deposited: 15 Apr 2010 15:30
Last modified: 18 Nov 2019 21:04

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