How parents' and hearing peers' involvement motivate young hearing impairers to participate in auditory intervention programs?
2014-2015 2nd cohort of Young Scholars' Community-Based Research Program
Hearing impairment, Socialization, Auditory intervention programs, Parents’ involvement, peers’ involvement
Young hearing impairers aged between 12 and 21 should adopt auditory intervention program to improve their social skills and knowledge in order to avoid the delay in personal development. However, their unwillingness to participate or low participation make auditory intervention programs useless or inefficient. The main purpose of this study is to examine how the involvement of hearing impairers’ parents and hearing peers motivates young hearing impairers to participate in auditory intervention programs and enhance the effectiveness of those programs. Data was collected from (i) individual interviews to experts including social workers and activity organizers, and (ii) a questionnaire from young hearing impairers. Preliminary findings suggest that hearing impairers will be more willing to join auditory intervention program if they are accompanied by their parents and well-known peers. Their willingness will reduce if they are required not to communicate and interact with their parents and well known peers but other parents and hearing peers of other hearing impairers. Experts support this approach as they believe such approach will help hearing impairers become more socialized after program. Reconciliation of conflict of view between experts and hearing impairers are required. Also, the length of time of activities, number of hearing peers in group and diversity of hearing status of hearing impairers will affect their willingness to join programs. These can provide valuable implications and suggestions to hearing organization to design the auditory intervention programs effectively.
Chow, F. M. A. (2015). How parents' and hearing peers' involvement motivate young hearing impairers to participate in auditory intervention programs? (Research Report from 2014-2015 Young Scholars' Community-Based Research Program). Hong Kong: Lingnan University.