Impact of Child Deafness on Mother-Toddler Interaction: Strengths and Weaknesses
Amy R. Lederberg Amy K. Prezbindowski Georgia State University
The presence of a deaf child has considerable impact on a hearing family ... As early as infancy, there are reports of disruption in the development of reciprocal interactions between hearing mothers and their deaf infants. A few investigators have found these differences minimal ( Greenberg & Marvin, 1979; Lederberg & Mobley, 1990; van ljzendoorn, Goldberg, Kroonenberg, & Frenkel, 1992), but their findings are atypical ( Musselman, MacKay, Trehub, & Eagle, 1996). (p. 556)
Most research investigating the impact of deafness on early mother-child interaction has compared hearing mothers and their deaf infants or toddlers to hearing children and hearing mothers. Those studies, almost without exception, found hearing/deaf (Hd) interactions problematic compared to those of hearing/hearing (Hh) dyads ( Meadow-Orlans, 1997). (p. 26)
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Publication information: Book title: The Deaf Child in the Family and at School:Essays in Honor of Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans. Contributors: Patricia Elizabeth Spencer - Editor, Carol J. Erting - Editor, Marc Marschark - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 73.
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