Social and professional participation of individuals who are deaf : utilizing the psychosocial potential maximization framework

Jacobs, Paul G., Brown, P. Margaret and Paatsch, Louise 2012, Social and professional participation of individuals who are deaf : utilizing the psychosocial potential maximization framework, Volta review, vol. 112, no. 1, pp. 37-62.

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Title Social and professional participation of individuals who are deaf : utilizing the psychosocial potential maximization framework
Author(s) Jacobs, Paul G.
Brown, P. Margaret
Paatsch, Louise
Journal name Volta review
Volume number 112
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 62
Total pages 26
Publisher Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 0042-8639
Keyword(s) individuals who are deaf
social participation
professional participation
Summary This article documents a strength-based understanding of how individuals who are deaf maximize their social and professional potential. This exploratory study was conducted with 49 adult participants who are deaf (n ¼ 30) and who have typical hearing (n ¼ 19) residing in America, Australia, England, and South Africa. The findings support a systematic and comprehensive framework of proactive psychosocial attributes and tactics. Statistical analysis showed no significant differences between the groups across four variables of psychosocial competencies. Qualitative data further suggests that participants who are deaf maximize their potential using two types of proactive psychosocial attributes and tactics: 1) skills that individuals with typical hearing use and 2) specialized skills for identifying, circumventing, or mastering deafness-related difficulties. These findings contribute to understandings of how individuals who are deaf can achieve social and professional success.
Language eng
Field of Research 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio Economic Objective 939907 Special Needs Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048413

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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