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Mothers of deaf children in the 21st Century. Dynamic positioning between the medical and cultural–linguistic discourses

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Traditional research examining the communicational choices made by families with deaf children tends to emanate from the premise that families engage with either of the two grand discourses on deafness (i.e., the medical or cultural–linguistic perspective). This study investigated hearing mother’s engagement with the educational options for their child from a dynamic, poststructural perspective. Three Flemish mothers were interviewed in-depth at the child’s ages of 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months. The datawere analyzed within a theoretical model that describes the positioning process of the mothers. This method yielded alternative explanations for former findings concerning mothers’ decision-making processes, especially the difficulty of learning sign language as a second language in an effort to provide a bilingual–bicultural education, and highlighted the importance of having rich experiences. It further showed that a bilingual–bicultural position was scarcely available and poorly supported for these mothers. These findings are discussed in relation to recent international consensus statements on best practices in early intervention.
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Deaf Studies, Bilingual education, Sign languages

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Matthijs, Liesbeth, et al. “Mothers of Deaf Children in the 21st Century. Dynamic Positioning between the Medical and Cultural–Linguistic Discourses.” JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, vol. 22, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2017, pp. 365–77.
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Matthijs, L., Hardonk, S., Sermijn, J., Van Puyvelde, M., Leigh, G., Van Herreweghe, M., & Loots, G. (2017). Mothers of deaf children in the 21st Century. Dynamic positioning between the medical and cultural–linguistic discourses. JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, 22(4), 365–377.
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Matthijs, Liesbeth, Stefan Hardonk, Jasmina Sermijn, Martine Van Puyvelde, Greg Leigh, Mieke Van Herreweghe, and Gerrit Loots. 2017. “Mothers of Deaf Children in the 21st Century. Dynamic Positioning between the Medical and Cultural–Linguistic Discourses.” JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION 22 (4): 365–77.
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Matthijs, Liesbeth, Stefan Hardonk, Jasmina Sermijn, Martine Van Puyvelde, Greg Leigh, Mieke Van Herreweghe, and Gerrit Loots. 2017. “Mothers of Deaf Children in the 21st Century. Dynamic Positioning between the Medical and Cultural–Linguistic Discourses.” JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION 22 (4): 365–377.
Vancouver
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Matthijs L, Hardonk S, Sermijn J, Van Puyvelde M, Leigh G, Van Herreweghe M, et al. Mothers of deaf children in the 21st Century. Dynamic positioning between the medical and cultural–linguistic discourses. JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION. 2017;22(4):365–77.
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L. Matthijs et al., “Mothers of deaf children in the 21st Century. Dynamic positioning between the medical and cultural–linguistic discourses,” JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 365–377, 2017.
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  abstract     = {Traditional research examining the communicational choices made by families with deaf children tends to emanate from the premise that families engage with either of the two grand discourses on deafness (i.e., the medical or cultural–linguistic perspective). This study investigated hearing mother’s engagement with the educational options for their child from a dynamic, poststructural perspective. Three Flemish mothers were interviewed in-depth at the child’s ages of 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months. The datawere analyzed within a theoretical model that describes the positioning process of the mothers. This method yielded alternative explanations for former findings concerning mothers’ decision-making processes, especially the difficulty of learning sign language as a second language in an effort to provide a bilingual–bicultural education, and highlighted the importance of having rich experiences. It further  showed that a bilingual–bicultural position was scarcely available and poorly supported for these mothers. These findings are discussed in relation to recent international consensus statements on best practices in early intervention.},
  author       = {Matthijs, Liesbeth and Hardonk, Stefan and Sermijn, Jasmina and Van Puyvelde, Martine and Leigh, Greg and Van Herreweghe, Mieke and Loots, Gerrit},
  issn         = {1081-4159},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION},
  keywords     = {Deaf Studies,Bilingual education,Sign languages},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {365--377},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press (OUP)},
  title        = {Mothers of deaf children in the 21st Century. Dynamic positioning between the medical and cultural–linguistic discourses},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enx021},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2017},
}

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