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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446

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

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Experience of Stages of Cochlear Implantation by Mothers of Deaf Children 354

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

Molostova A.N.
PhD in Psychology, Assistant professor of the Chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia
e-mail: Molostova.psychotherapy@yandex.ru

Abstract
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.

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

Column: Workshop and methods

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

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