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A Study on Communication-Related Quality of Life for Children with Hearing Impairment

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2014, 15(3), pp.93-110
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Kim tae-gang 1 Jeong, Eun-Hee 2

1남부대학교
2조선대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to identify characteristics of communication-related qualityof life for children with hearing impairment. This study examined 151 childrenwith hearing impairment and 252 hearing children. This study conducted ttestand F-test with diverse background variables, which was based on thechildren with hearing impairment data. Also, t-test was conducted betweenthe 151 children with hearing impairment and 252 hearing children in the groupof the school grades(elementary school, middle school, and high school). Asa result, first, no difference was found in communication-related quality oflife for the children with hearing impairment according to gender, school grades,degree of hearing impairment, way of communication practice and whether ornot they use auditory assist devices. However, there was significant differencewith the time the children with hearing impairment start using auditory assistdevices among the groups: the sooner children use auditory assist devices,the better the result comes in communication-related life quality. Second, therewas significant difference in communication-related quality of life between thehearing children and the children with hearing impairment according to schoolgrades. The children with hearing impairment demonstrated lower score thanhearing-children in all configuration factors and total score. Based on theresults above, I hope this study can be useful to develop the effective educationprogram for children with hearing impairment.

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