Psychopathology of Sensory-Impaired Children

  • Johnny L. Matson
  • William J. Helsel
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 9)


Sensory impairments have been topics of discussion since the Greeks and have been the subject of plays and literature since the inception of written documents on the topic (Rawlinson, 1858). The purpose of this chapter will be to highlight some of the problems these children display and the impact these responses have on their emotional health. In this chapter we have attempted to break down our review into visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals separately, since the two groups are seen as distinct fields of endeavor to a large degree, although both handicaps may be present in the same individual. This approach follows the course taken by other investigators. As with other disabilities, various professional groups consider themselves to be the primary service provider (e.g., special education or audiology and speech pathology). Such an approach has led to an uneven spread in both the quality and type of research that is available. Because our review reflects all the available publications, the reader will see that this field is grossly underdeveloped when compared to many other areas of childhood psychopathology.


Social Skill Emotional Problem Deaf Child Impaired Child Emotional Adjustment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 1
  • William J. Helsel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Learning and DevelopmentNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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