Parent-to-Parent Support for Parents With Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Henderson et al., 2014)
journal contributionposted on 01.12.2014, 00:00 by Rebecca J. Henderson, Andrew Johnson, Sheila Moodie
Background Parent-to-parent support for parents with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) is identified as an important component of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs for children with hearing loss.
Purpose The specific aim of this review was to identify the constructs and components of parent-to-parent support for parents of children who are D/HH.
Research Design An extensive scoping literature review identified 39 peer-reviewed articles published from 2000 to 2014. Studies were selected and reviewed based on standardized procedures.
Results Data were identified, extracted, and organized into libraries of thematic and descriptive content. A conceptual framework of parent-to-parent support for parents of children who are D/HH was developed and presented in a comprehensive, bidirectional informational graphic. The constructs and components of the conceptual framework are (a) well-being: parent, family, and child; (b) knowledge: advocacy, system navigation, and education; and (c) empowerment: confidence and competence.
Conclusion The findings from this scoping review led to the development of a structured conceptual framework of parent-to-parent support for parents of children who are D/HH. The conceptual framework provides an important opportunity to explore and clearly define the vital contribution of parents in EHDI programs