Date of Degree
Carol A. Silverman, Ph. D., M.P.H.
Speech Pathology and Audiology
cochlear implant, social relationships, young adults
Research has shown that social support has a positive impact on mental health and decreases levels of stress in young adults with normal-hearing sensitivity. Social relationships are one psychological construct that has not been previously studied in young adults with cochlear implants. In light of the importance of social support in the overall well-being of an individual and the lack of research on this topic in individuals with cochlear implants, the study purpose is to examine social relationships in young adults with cochlear implants and to determine the presence of any significant differences in social relationships between the group with cochlear implants and the group with normal-hearing sensitivity. The NIH Toolbox Social Relationship Assessment Battery (Cyranowski et al., 2013) was developed to assess various aspects of social relationships including social support, companionship, and social distress. This questionnaire was administered to young adults (between the ages of 18 and 30) with cochlear implants and young adults without hearing difficulty. The results indicate that young adults with cochlear implants generally do not differ in their perception of social support, social companionship, and social distress in comparison to their peers that do not experience hearing difficulty. Despite the fact that not all individuals with cochlear implants communicate verbally, the ability to create and maintain social relationships is similar in individuals with and without cochlear implants.
Ljubanovic, Arta, "Social Support, Social Companionship, and Social Distress in Young Adults with Cochlear Implants" (2016). CUNY Academic Works.