ERIC Number: ED199603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-4
Self-Concept, Self-Esteem and Deafness: Research Problems and Findings.
Meadow, Kathryn P.
The study of self-concept in relation to deafness has both theoretical significance for the understanding of human development and practical implications for the treatment of deaf children. Five theoretical issues related to the study of deafness and self-concept have been suggested by the literature: (1) consequences for self-concept development attendant on delay of language acquisition; (2) the relationship between language and thought; (3) the influence of a paucity of early parent-child communication about self-concept; (4) the influence of deficient language on the child's ability to develop trust and the consequences for self-esteem; and (5) the relationship between negative societal views of handicap and development of self-esteem. Methodological problems, particularly in regard to the development of appropriate measures of self-esteem for use with deaf children cannot be overlooked. Two measures of self-concept in deaf children are a pictorial inventory and rating scales used by teachers with long-term observation opportunities. There is a need to develop more self-concept measures. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.