A substantial knowledge base exists regarding the social-cognitive and behavioral correlates of aggression among hearing children; however, less is known regarding these relationships among deaf children. Among aggressive hearing children, social-cognitive deficits result in poor social problem solving and increased aggressive behavior. Among aggressive deaf children, both poor social problem solving and communication difficulties are thought to lead to aggressive behavior. The Coping Power Program has demonstrated effectiveness as an intervention for aggressive hearing children. This year-long multicomponent program was adapted for use with deaf children and included both child groups and teacher and dormitory staff consultation. Study participants were 49 aggressive deaf children randomly assigned to either Coping Power or a wait-list control group., Particular attention was paid to assessing children's functional communicative competence. Findings revealed positive intervention effects. Specifically, intervention children improved their social problem solving and communication skills. Significant teacher-rated behavioral improvement also was found.
Lochmann, J. E., FitzGerald, D. P., Gage, S. M., Kanaly, K. M., Whidby, J. M., Barry, T. D., Pardini, D. H., & McElory, H. (2019). Effects of Social-Cognitive Intervention for Aggressive Deaf Children: The Coping Power Program. JADARA, 35(2). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol35/iss2/6