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ERIC Number: ED366129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-9
Pages: 128
Abstractor: N/A
Documentation of the Development and Validation of the Opinions about Deaf People Scale: A Scale To Measure a Hearing Adult's Belief in the Capabilities of Deaf Adults.
Berkay, Paul; And Others
This study developed a scale to measure a hearing adult's bias or lack of bias toward the capabilities of deaf adults. A list of commonly held misconceptions about the capabilities of deaf people was identified through a literature review and interviews with deaf professionals. The 35 identified items formed the Opinions about Deaf People scale, which was tested with undergraduate students and then revised to form a 20-item version which was again tested. Data analysis from the second administration resulted in a coefficient alpha of .83 and a split-half reliability of .82. Item-total correlations ranged from .22 to .58. Although there appeared to be one general deaf capabilities factor, a few items also correlated moderately to strongly with an intelligence factor. Construct validity was established. The study concludes that the Opinions about Deaf People scale appears to be a reliable and valid scale for research in education, employment, and other settings. The scale itself is included. Twenty-six appendices present the study's statistical data, several related questionnaires, and demographic information. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A