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ERIC Number: EJ793833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
Signs of Resilience: Assets that Support Deaf Adults' Success in Bridging the Deaf and Hearing Worlds
Rogers, Susan; Muir, Karen; Evenson, Christine Raimonde
American Annals of the Deaf, v148 n3 p222-232 Sum 2003
A multiple-case exploratory study is used to describe intrapersonal, behavioral, and environmental assets that may build bridges for Deaf adults between the Deaf and hearing worlds. A study of three exemplary former community college students provides new information about internal resources that may empower Deaf individuals to achieve work and social success in interaction with environmental support, despite the vulnerabilities associated with their deafness. This study identifies 15 assets that may support resilience in Deaf adults, including "authenticity" and "comfort with solitude." The authors hypothesize that social authenticity and comfort with solitude may be resilience-fostering intrapersonal assets of unique importance in the Deaf community. From the positive psychology perspective of recognizing and building on human strengths, the authors suggest that support of mutual asset-building with learning partners in the classroom is one way professors might promote optimal student achievement and life success for all students. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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