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The influence of cochlear implants on behaviour problems in deaf children

Mª Salud Jiménez-Romero

Universidad de Córdoba

Background: This study seeks to analyse the relationship between behaviour problems in deaf children and their auditory and communication development subsequent to cochlear implantation and to examine the incidence of these problems in comparison to their hearing peers. Method: This study uses an ex post facto prospective design with a sample of 208 Spanish children, of whom 104 were deaf subjects with cochlear implants. The first objective assesses the relationships between behaviour problems, auditory integration, and social and communication skills in the group of deaf children. The second compares the frequency and intensity of behaviour problems of the group of deaf children with their hearing peers. Results: The correlation analysis showed a significant association between the internal index of behaviour problems and auditory integration and communication skills, such that deaf children with greater auditory and communication development had no behaviour problems. When comparing behaviour problems in deaf children versus their hearing peers, behavioural disturbances are significantly more frequent in the former. Conclusions: According to these findings, cochlear implants may not guarantee adequate auditory and communicative development that would normalise the behaviour of deaf children.

La influencia del implante coclear en los problemas de conducta de los niños sordos. Antecedentes: resulta importante la relación entre los problemas de conducta y el desarrollo auditivo posterior al implante coclear en niños sordos y la frecuencia de estos problemas respecto a los oyentes. Método: se trata de un diseño ex post facto prospectivo de 208 niños, de los cuales 104 eran sordos implantados. En primer lugar se evaluó la relación entre los problemas de comportamiento y la integración auditiva, habilidades sociales y de comunicación en el grupo de sordos. En segundo se comparó la frecuencia e intensidad de estos problemas de los sordos respecto a los oyentes. Resultados: se aprecia relación entre el índice interno de los problemas de comportamiento y las habilidades de integración y comunicación auditivas. De tal manera que los niños sordos con mayor desarrollo auditivo y de la comunicación no presentaron problemas de comportamiento. Al comparar los problemas de conducta en los niños sordos con sus compañeros oyentes, las alteraciones del comportamiento son significativamente más frecuentes en los primeros. Conclusiones: es posible que los implantes cocleares no garanticen un desarrollo auditivo y de la comunicación suficiente para normalizar el comportamiento de los niños sordos.


Impact factor 2022:  JCR WOS 2022:  FI = 3.6 (Q2);  JCI = 1.21 (Q1) / SCOPUS 2022:  SJR = 1.097;  CiteScore = 6.4 (Q1)