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ERIC Number: ED564733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 157
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-3585-4
Social Identity in Hearing Youth Who Have Deaf Parents: A Qualitative Study
Knight, Tracy Rouly
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
The purpose of this research study is to describe the perspectives of young children of deaf adults regarding their linguistic and cultural identity. The researcher defined young Children of Deaf Adults (Codas) as Kids of Deaf Adults (Kodas). Kodas represented an interesting subgroup of bilingual, bicultural, and bimodal children with diverse language and cultural backgrounds. There were two criteria of being Koda or a Kid of Deaf Adults (a) the person must have normal hearing and (b) the person must have at least one Deaf parent. KODA represents an organization while Koda is an individual. This research study used the phenomenological qualitative research method to conclude the social identity of Kodas by having their "voice" be heard and documented in this dissertation. The researcher developed the questionnaires based on Henri Tajfel's social identity theory under these three subgroups: Social Categorization, Social Identification, and Social Comparison as well as to compare in-group and out-group (Deaf and hearing worlds). The researcher recruited 11 participants who were Kodas themselves aged 11 to 17 years old from across the United States. The Kodas have agreed to voice their experiences about being a Koda and how they felt, compared to other groups, and how they have learned more of their own identity by being a Koda. The researcher found major themes in three components of Tajfel's social identity theory. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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