An ethnically-based study by New Zealand researchers has related hearing impairment with moderate delinquency, underlining the serious social and economic impact of hearing disability on individuals and families.
The study looked at nearly one thousand Pacific 11-year-olds living in New Zealand, testing their hearing in a school setting, and having them complete multidisciplinary questionnaires which included questions about involvement in delinquent behaviours, peer pressure, and self-perception. In the home setting, maternal reports were gathered on internalising and externalising problem behaviours in their offspring, their parenting style, and sociodemographic details. Based on earlier findings, peer pressure, self-perception, physical punishment (slapping), sex, and ethnicity were controlled for in the association between hearing difficulties and behavioural outcomes.
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