Health-related quality of life among mothers of children with cochlear implants with and without developmental disabilities

Anat Zaidman-Zait*, Deirdre Curle*, Janet R. Jamieson*

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Abstract

Background: Cochlear implants (CIs) are widely used among children with severe to profound hearing loss. Raising a child with a CI presents unique challenges to the family, especially when the child has a developmental disability (CI-DD). Aims: This study aimed to elucidate the relations between the functioning of children with CIs, their mothers’ coping resources (i.e., social support and family-centered care), and maternal health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Also, it examined whether the presence of a DD in addition to the child's deafness moderated these relations. Methods and procedures: A sample of 100 mothers of children with CIs (54 in the CI-DD group) completed questionnaires regarding perceived social support, family-centered care, and HRQoL. Outcomes and results: Mothers of deaf children with CIs and DD experienced lower levels of family functioning and HRQoL across all dimensions compared to mothers of deaf children with CIs without DD. In addition, social support was positively related to HRQoL only among mothers of children in the CI-DD group, indicating the protective role of social support. Conclusions and implications: Social support is an important coping resource, and psychosocial support is needed for mothers of children with CIs, especially for mothers whose children also have a DD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104397
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume133
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Cochlear implant
  • Deaf
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Mothers
  • Social support

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