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Title: Mothers of Deaf Children in the 21st Century. Dynamic Positioning Between the Medical and Cultural-Linguistic Discourses
Authors: Matthijs, Liesbeth
Hardonk, Stefan
Sermijn, Jasmina
Van Puyvelde, Martine
Leigh, Greg
Van Herreweghe, Mieke
Loots, Gerrit
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Traditional research examining the communicational choices made by families with deaf children tends to emanate from the premise that families engage with either of the two grand discourses on deafness (i.e., the medical or cultural-linguistic perspective). This study investigated hearing mother's engagement with the educational options for their child from a dynamic, poststructural perspective. Three Flemish mothers were interviewed in-depth at the child's ages of 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months. The data were analyzed within a theoretical model that describes the positioning process of the mothers. This method yielded alternative explanations for former findings concerning mothers' decision-making processes, especially the difficulty of learning sign language as a second language in an effort to provide a bilingual-bicultural education, and highlighted the importance of having rich experiences. It further showed that a bilingual-bicultural position was scarcely available and poorly supported for these mothers. These findings are discussed in relation to recent international consensus statements on best practices in early intervention.
Notes: [Matthijs, Liesbeth; Sermijn, Jasmina; Van Puyvelde, Martine; Loots, Gerrit] VUB, Dept Psychol & Educ Sci, Res Grp IDNS Interpersonal Discurs & Narrat Studi, Brussels, Belgium. [Hardonk, Stefan] Univ Iceland, Ctr Disabil Studies, Saemundargotu 2, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland. [Hardonk, Stefan] Hasselt Univ, Fac Business Econ, SEIN Ident Divers & Inequal Res, Hasselt, Belgium. [Van Puyvelde, Martine] Royal Mil Acad, LIFE Dept, VIPER Vital Signs & PERformance Monitoring Res Un, Brussels, Belgium. [Van Puyvelde, Martine] Vrije Univ Brussel, Dept Expt & Appl Psychol, Brussels, Belgium. [Leigh, Greg] Royal Inst Deaf & Blind Children, RIDBC Renwick Ctr, Renwick Ctr Res & Profess Educ, Sydney, NSW, Australia. [Leigh, Greg] Univ Newcastle, Ctr Special Educ & Disabil Studies, Callaghan, NSW, Australia. [Leigh, Greg] Macquarie Univ, Dept Linguist, N Ryde, NSW, Australia. [Van Herreweghe, Mieke] Univ Ghent, Dept Linguist, Fac Arts & Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium. [Loots, Gerrit] Univ Catolica Boliviana San Pablo UCB, Inst Univ Cooperat, Brussels, Belgium. [Loots, Gerrit] VUB, Dept Econ & Social Sci, Brussels, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/25509
DOI: 10.1093/deafed/enx021
ISI #: 000412206300002
ISSN: 1081-4159
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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