Staff Member Projects

Frijns-emotiona developmentEmotional development of implanted and non-implanted deaf children

Johan Frijns

Emotions are a major influence on child development, on inter-and intra-personal level. Interpersonal, because the way children understand emotions and deal with them determines how well they can communicate their emotions, which in turn has consequences for their social functioning. Intrapersonal because if you feel good you can also perform better in other areas (such as cognitive). Emotions have a large influence on the development of children in many domains, like social and cognitive functioning. There are indications that there are restrictions on the emotional development of deaf and CI children. Improving emotional development needs to start as young as possible. Unfortunately, there are no measuring instruments to investigate impairments in the emotional development in these very young children. The first step in this research is to search and develop experimental protocols with which the main aspects in emotional functioning of deaf and hearing implanted children (age 1-5) can be measured, with as goal a large longitudinal study.

Details of this research (in Dutch) ยป