Family stress and resilience in families with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing

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Sarah J. Allen (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Denise Tucker

Abstract: This mixed-methods study sought to examine the perceptions of family stress and resilience in parents with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A theoretical model based in family stress theory was used to guide the study. Quantitative data was obtained from the Parenting Stress Index version 4 short form and the Family Resilience Assessment Scale. Qualitative data was obtained through semi-structured interviews with parents who attended The Care Project retreat hosted in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, in November 2019. Quantitative results indicated parents experience an average level of stress and a high level of resilience. Qualitative results revealed that parents experience challenges with frustration, feelings of isolation, and stress. However, they found strength in meeting parents in similar situations, thinking of their progress with the diagnosis as a journey, and the idea of persevering through with the challenge with which their family is faced. Implications of the findings support further investigations of the lived experiences of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their stress, and their resilience.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Family Stress, Family Support, Pediatric Audiology, Resilience
Parents of children with disabilities $a Psychology
Hearing impaired children $x Family relationships
Deaf children $x Family relationships
Stress (Psychology)

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