Vol. 1, Issue 7 (2016)
Maternal and fraternal role in parenting children with hearing impairment
Author(s): Sarika Manhas, Kanika Gupta, Shallu Gupta
Abstract: Hearing impaired children require special parenting consideration and participation of both the father as well as the mother. The present study analysed and compared fathers and mothers role in parenting their hearing impaired children.Parents (half mothers and fathers) of 60 hearing impaired children in the age group of 6-18 years formed the core group of the study. Random and purposive sampling technique was used to select the sample. The sample was selected from J&K Samaj Kalayan Kendra of Shahidi Chowk of Jammu District. Tool used for gathering the data was Parenting Relationship Questionnaire (Kamphaus and Reynold, 2006). Analysis of the parent child relationship reveals that most parents, both mothers and fathers shared average attachment, discipline practices, involvement with their children and also had average satisfaction with their school. Further, most mothers showed average but most fathers had below average level of communication with their hearing impaired children. However, most parents (41.1% of mothers and 53.8% of fathers) were not confident about their parenting and scored below average on this dimension and had upper extreme degree of relational frustration. Sample fathers and mothers varied significantly only on the dimension of communication. This implies that for sample hearing impaired children both their fathers and mothers showed similar parenting patterns. The various dimensions of parent child relationship were significantly inter-correlated with each other implying that different aspects of parenting tend to influence each other reciprocally.
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