Experience of Stages of Cochlear Implantation by Mothers of Deaf Children



We present the results of qualitative research on mothers’ experiences of stages of cochlear implantation. The research covers all stages from suspicion on a hearing disorder to sustainable results of rehabilitation. On each stage, we have highlighted key features of the experience and factors hampering or facilitating the process. Factors hampering the process include improper diagnosis presentation, fears of the child’s health deteriorating as a result of surgery, lack of qualified rehabilitation supervision, and unrealistic expectations during the rehabilitation. Factors facilitating the process include proper diagnosis presentation, emotional support within the family, adequate rehabilitation, success during lengthy rehabilitation, etc. The results show that living through all the stages of cochlear implantation is a critical life situation that requires mothers to change their values and interpretations. We revealed that parents whose children go through cochlear implantation are highly traumatized, the trauma is especially related to the stages of diagnosis establishment and rehabilitation, the latter of which is linked with expectations of positive results of this gradual process.

General Information

Keywords: cochlear implantation, critical situation, experience, stages of cochlear implantation

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2019270407

For citation: Budantsov A.V., Molostova A.N. Experience of Stages of Cochlear Implantation by Mothers of Deaf Children. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2019. Vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 98–116. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2019270407. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Aleksei V. Budantsov, MA in Psychology, Leading Specialist, Regional Public Non-Profit Organization “Center for Curative Pedagogics”, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: hesperion@mail.ru

Anna N. Molostova, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Member of the Eastern European Association for Existential Therapy, Group Psychotherapist, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1138-943X, e-mail: Molostova.psychotherapy@yandex.ru



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