ERIC Number: ED333627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Perceptions of Social Relationships among Hearing-Impaired Adolescents in England.
Stinson, Michael S.; Whitmire, Kathleen
This study focused on self-perceptions of social relationships of hearing-impaired adolescents. Three sets of perceptions regarding social relationships were investigated: participation, relatedness, and perceived social competence. The Social Activity Scale was administered to 84 mainstreamed hearing-impaired adolescents in secondary schools and further education programs in England. Correlations indicated that students varied in terms of their social orientation toward hearing or hearing-impaired peers. Perceived social competence was positively related to emotional security and to one measure of participation for hearing peers, but was not related to any measures pertaining to hearing-impaired peers. Further, students rated themselves as interacting more frequently with hearing peers than with hearing-impaired ones in the classroom and in outside-of-school activities. As mainstreaming increased, ratings of participation with hearing peers rose while those regarding hearing-impaired peers decreased. In contrast to results for participation, students indicated that they were more emotionally secure in relationships with other hearing-impaired peers than with hearing peers. There was no evidence that increased mainstreaming promoted identification and relational bonds with hearing peers. (23 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attachment Behavior, College Students, Foreign Countries, Hearing Impairments, Higher Education, Identification (Psychology), Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Mainstreaming, Participation, Peer Acceptance, Peer Relationship, Secondary Education, Security (Psychology), Self Concept, Social Integration, Young Adults
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education for the Deaf (17th, Rochester, NY, July 29-August 3, 1990).