Applying Descriptive Information About Families ' Decision Making
Families were recruited through three early intervention (Part C) coordinators and four mid-Atlantic early intervention programs, including two schools for the deaf. Families who met the following criteria were referred to the study: (a) their child was identified through the newborn hearing screening process and enrolled in early intervention services by six months of age; (b) their child was between 10-18 months at the time of recruitment; (c) the parent/s in the family were hearing and English-speaking.
It was presumed that the context shaping the decision-making would be substantively different for parents who were D/deaf themselves both in terms of how they may view the identification process (Young & Tattersall, 2007) and the social-emotional and communicative context in which decisions are made (Vaccari & Marschark, 1997). Likewise…