School-aged hearing children's perceptions of family life in deaf-parented families
AdvisorJones, Elaine G.
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to describe school-aged hearing children's perceptions of family life in Deaf-parented families. A secondary analysis was conducted on a subset of data from a study titled "Family Functioning: Deaf Parents with Nondeaf Children" (Jones, 1990) . The conceptual framework for this study was based on Roy's Adaptation Model (1984) . Data consisted of semi-structured interviews conducted with nine children who were the eldest in Deaf-parented families. The children were between the ages of seven and eleven years, with a mean age of 8.6 years. The interviews were designed to parallel topics addressed in the Feetham Family Functioning Survey (Roberts & Feetham, 1982), which was administered to the children's parents. Data analysis was performed utilizing content analysis methods to generate themes (Polit & Hungler, 1987) . Themes were then categorized utilizing modes of adaptation as described by Roy (1984). Children's perceptions of their family life were characterized by the overall theme, "We're the same as a hearing-parented family, and we're different." Children's responses indicated that differences in language and communication were an accepted aspect of their lives, and being bicultural was a positive outcome of growing up in a Deaf-parented family.
Degree ProgramGraduate College