Peer relations of hearing-impaired adolescents


Compared peer relations of hearing-impaired adolesents (n = 35) with those of hearing adolescents (n = 35) based on reports from mothers, fathers, and adolescents. Dependent mesures included the emotional bonding, aggression, and social maturity subscales of the Missouri Peer Relations Inventory, the socialized aggression subscale from the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist and the activities and social subscales of the Child Behavior Checklist. Analyses showed that parents of hearing-impaired youths rated their adolescents' friendships as relatively hign in aggression, but hearing-impaired adolescents rated their behaviour with friends as reatively low in aggression. These fingings were interpreated in light of recent reseach regarding the cognitive biases of aggressive hearing children. Mothers of hearing-impaired youths also rated their adolescents' friendships as lower in emptional bonding than did mothers of hearing adolescents. © 1990 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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Journal of Pediatric Psychology