ERIC Number: ED489000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Blind Spots: The Communicative Performance of Visual Impairment in Relationships and Social Interaction
Frame, Melissa J.
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd
The purpose of this book is to understand the experiences of persons who are visually impaired, including those who are invisibly visually impaired. Through the use of a survey questionnaire and interviews and employing a cross-sectional survey design, the study examines the experiences of a large number of visually impaired respondents. The research largely examines how visual impairment affects the "performance" of the visually impaired "actor" in relationships and social interaction. To perform successfully, the visually impaired actor must be able to adapt to and perform competently within his or her assigned role, establish and maintain mutually satisfying relationships with other social actors, and know how to prepare for and manage the potential responses of the audience. The author employs a social performance perspective to examine how a visual impairment affects the individual's self-concept, ability to initiate and maintain satisfying relationships, and interact successfully, the appendix contains a wealth of supplementary information, including the actual survey instrument and its rationale, the theoretical model guiding the survey research, the interview procedures and protocol, and the correlation matrix. This unique text will be a valuable resource to visually impaired individuals, their families, and professionals who work with them. It also will serve as a useful text in graduate and undergraduate courses in disability issues. This book is divided into the following five chapters: (1) The Curtain Rises; (2) The Visually Impaired Actor; (3) The Visually Impaired Actor and the Cast; (4) The Visually Impaired Actor and the Audience; and (5) The Curtain Falls. Appended are: (1) The Survey Instrument; (2) Survey Research Hypotheses, Model, and Results; (3) Interview Procedures and Protocol; and (4) Correlation Matrix. Also included are: List of Tables; List of Figures; Preface; Bibliography; and Index.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Visual Impairments, Interpersonal Communication, Self Concept
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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