Parenting Stress in Parents of Children With Cochlear Implants: Relationships Among Parent Stress, Child Language, and Unilateral Versus Bilateral Implants

J. Sarant, P. Garrard
2013 Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education  
Little attention has been focused on stress levels of parents of children with cochlear implants (CIs). This study examined the stress experience of 70 parents of children with CIs by comparing stress levels in this group of parents to those in parents of children without disabilities, identifying primary stressors, examining the relationship between parent stress and child language, and comparing stress in parents of children with bilateral and unilateral CIs. Parents completed a parent stress
more » ... ted a parent stress questionnaire, and the receptive vocabulary and language abilities of the children were evaluated. Results indicated that these parents had a higher incidence of stress than the normative population. Parent stress levels and child language outcomes were negatively correlated. Child behavior and lack of spousal and social support were the prime causes of parent stress. Parents of children with bilateral CIs were significantly less stressed than were parents of children with unilateral CIs.
doi:10.1093/deafed/ent032 pmid:23813672 fatcat:2r36tfx7vnfv7p6d5wmyy4fv6u