Self‐concept in Profoundly Deaf Adolescent Pupils

Maite Martinez, Núria Silvestre
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 30 Issue 3

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This study compares the concept of self of profoundly deaf adolescents with that of their hearing companions of the same age. The technique originally designed by Khun and Portland was used: “Who am I?” The chief results indicate on the one hand some significant differences between the hearing and the deaf, and on the other hand the difficulties of the latter in defining themselves as deaf. However, it is necessary to point out that the few references to hearing deficiency do not carry a negative connotation. These data are interpreted in the framework of the educational conditions of the country in which integration is a general mode of schooling and frequently the deaf pupil has no opportunity to have class or school companions who are also deaf. It concludes with some considerations of an educational nature about the future lines of research in which a greater variety of educational and social conditions could be taken into account.

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