ERIC Number: ED290314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-3
A Study of Deaf Cultural Identity through a Comparison of Young Deaf Adults of Hearing Parents and Young Deaf Adults of Deaf Parents.
Wright, Lynda Joyce
The study compared two groups of young deaf adults, one whose primary family of socialization was deaf (N=12), and one whose primary family of socialization was hearing (N=12), to determine if differences existed in the sociocultural factors of identification with deaf cultural beliefs, experience with sign language, participation in adaptive networks, and socioeconomic status. The "Deaf Culture Intentionality Scale" was developed to assess degree of agreement with commonly held beliefs about deafness held in the deaf community. Other measures assessed language background, socioeconomic status, and adaptive networks. Results did not indicate great differences between groups, suggesting that by young adulthood, deaf children of hearing parents have been enculturated into the deaf community. Over 90 references are listed, and the survey forms are provided in the appendixes. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Student Research Colloquim, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, April 3, 1987).