PARENTING A HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD: AN ADLERIAN APPROACH (ARIZONA).
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AbstractThe target population for this research is parents of hearing impaired children under the approximate age of ten in Arizona. Twenty-one subjects were selected from parents of children attending the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind and Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. Numbers of available subjects precluded the use of random selection or random assignments to groups. Assignment to groups was made according to parents' ability to attend group meetings on specific nights of the week. The twelve subjects in the treatment group participated in an eight-session parent study group using the researcher's handbook (Healthy Emotional Development For Hearing Impaired Children: A Guide For Parents) as a study manual. The nine subjects in the control group participated in eight lecture sessions designed to provide information on the medical and educational aspects of hearing loss. Prior to the initial group sessions each subject completed the Adlerian Parental Assessment of Child Behavior Scale (APACBS). This evaluation procedure was again repeated at the conclusion of the eighth session. The results of these two evaluations were statistically compared to determine the effect of the use of the handbook as a manual in a parent study group on the behavior problems of hearing impaired children as perceived by the parents. No statistically significant differences were found between the treatment group and the control group although the treatment group did improve along more dimensions than did the control group.