Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (IJMS)   June 2004 , Volume 29 , Number 2; Page(s) 62 To 66.
 
Paper: 

EMOTIONAL CHANGES IN CHILDREN UNDERGOING COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION THROUGH EVALUATION OF THEIR DRAWINGS

 
 
Author(s):  ABDI S.A.*, JALILI B., TAVAKOLI H., NADER POUR M.
 
* Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Saadi Ave Tehran, Iran 11457
 
Abstract: 
Background: The emotional changes of patients undergoing cochlear implantation (CI) has been addressed in a few studies. To date, no special test has been developed to measure these changes.
Objective: To measure the emotional status of children undergoing CI by interpreting their drawings.
Methods: A prospective longitudinal study on prelingually deafened children from 4-14 years of age undergoing CI and sex and age-matched non-CI candidate deaf children comprised the study population. Drawings were produced before implantation and after 1, 3, 6, and 12-month intervals. These were scored with regard to a questionnaire developed in Amir Aalam Hospital Hearing Research Center, Tehran, Iran.
Results: The prevalence of drawings with cues of rage/anxiety decreased from 35% to 21.9%. Similarly, sadness prevalence dropped from 36.8% to 20% and the prevalence of immaturity was reduced from 20% to 7.1%.
Conclusion: We recommend drawing to be included in the rehabilitation program of children undergoing CI and used as a practical measure of their emotional progress.
 
Keyword(s): COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION • CHILD • PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUES • EMOTION • ANXIETY
 
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