Abstract Following the implementation of newborn hearing screening internationally, screening to detect hearing loss in newborns has been introduced in some Australian hospitals over the past decade. Introduction of newborn screening has been premised on the understanding that the earliest detection of permanent childhood hearing loss, followed by quality early intervention, enhances a childa??s capacity to achieve his/her best possible communication and learning outcomes. Newborn screening introduces a compressed time period between birth, screening and diagnosis, yet no Australian research has thus far examined the implications of newborn screening and diagnosis from the perspective of the parents of diagnosed children. International research suggests potential negative effects of newborn screening and early knowledge of diagnosis on parent-child bonding, parentsa?? confidence with their parenting skills, and family mental health and well-being. In this paper, we utilise a sociologically informed health technology assessment framework to reflect on research prospects that arise from considering parentsa?? experiences of screening in order to facilitate a more family-centred, holistic policy and service delivery.
|Title of host publication||The Future of Sociology|
|Editors||Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora, Dan Woodman|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publisher||The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)|
|Pages||1 - 12|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2009: The Future of Sociology - The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 1 Dec 2009 → 4 Dec 2009
|Conference||Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2009|
|Abbreviated title||TASA 2009|
|Period||1/12/09 → 4/12/09|
Slegers, C., & Willis, E. (2009). Assessing the Social Relations of Newborn Hearing Screening Technology. In S. Lockie, D. Bissell, A. Greig, M. Hynes, D. Marsh, L. Saha, J. Sikora, ... D. Woodman (Eds.), The Future of Sociology (pp. 1 - 12). Canberra: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).