ERIC Number: ED316977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Stereotypes: Perspectives on the Personality Characteristics of Deaf People. Working Paper 89-2.
Vestberg, Palle; Johnson, Robert C., Ed.
The paper reviews research trends and findings on the development of personality in deaf individuals. The first section, "Adolescent and Adult Deaf Personalities," focuses on studies in the psychological literature that tend to promulgate stereotypical views of deaf people by reflecting researcher bias rather than researcher findings. The second section, "Personality Development in Deaf Children," examines in depth the consistent finding that deaf children who grow up in deaf families generally have better social, emotional, and cognitive development than do deaf children from hearing families. In the final section, "Implications for Parents of Deaf Children," a planned intervention called a "Sensory Integration Program for Deaf Infants" is recommended. Hearing parents of deaf children are encouraged to learn from deaf parents their ways of touching, communicating, and playing with young deaf children. Contains 85 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Child Development, Child Rearing, Children, Cognitive Development, Deafness, Emotional Development, Experimenter Characteristics, Infants, Intervention, Personality Development, Research Problems, Sensory Integration, Social Development, Trend Analysis
Scientific Communications Program, Gallaudet Research Institute, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002 ($2.50, quantity discount available).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Research Inst., Washington, DC.