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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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REZENDE, Fernanda Pádua; MORETTIN, Marina  and  YAMADA, Midori Otake. Support group for parents of children with cochlear implant. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.3, pp.800-815. ISSN 1808-4281.

The objective was to present a literature review about support groups for parents of children with cochlear implants and discuss the results in order to enhance the importance and benefits of using this tool to help parents and caregivers. Between the months of September 2013 and March 2014 a search was performed for studies on "Support Group for parents of hearing impaired children with cochlear implants" in electronic databases Pubmed, Scielo and Lilacs, using the combination of descriptors previously selected. After this survey, 15 studies were selected for analysis and discussion. A literature search of the subject indicated a lack there of. However it was found that the performance of support groups with the family of children or patients with certain disabilities or other health conditions is an extremely important tool because it allows parents face complex situations safer, promotes exchange of experiences among family, reflection, stress relief, and decrease anxiety. Therefore, the studies analyzed indicate the need for some kind of support to parents in coping with hearing loss of their children, other disabilities or health conditions, as a fundamental emotional support tool.

Keywords : support groups; parents; cochlear implant.

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