A comparative study on emotional regulation differences between deaf children and adolescents raised with deaf versus hearing parents
There are many challenges that parents may face when raising a child. One significant difficulty can be a conflict in communication between the parent and child. This can sometimes be a prominent issue in situations where there may be obstacles in communicating language between a hearing parent and deaf child. Such language limitations and possible struggles with communication may have an effect on certain aspects of the child's development. The current study aims to explore the development of emotional regulation between two groups: deaf individuals with deaf parents, and deaf individuals with hearing parents. The study will assess children and adolescents between ages 7-16 years old through parent surveys. For this study, the questions being asked are: "Is there a significant difference in the emotional regulation skills of deaf children and adolescents raised by deaf parents and deaf children and adolescents raised by hearing parents?" and "Is there is a difference in emotion regulation when participants are analyzed by age?" This study is predicting that emotion regulation skills will change in children over time. Another hypothesis is that deaf children with deaf parents will score as having better emotional regulation skills than deaf children with hearing parents.