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ERIC Number: EJ854123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
The Experiences of Cypriot Hearing Adults with Deaf Parents in Family, School, and Society
Hadjikakou, Kika; Christodoulou, Despina; Hadjidemetri, Eleni; Konidari, Maria; Nicolaou, Nicoletta
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v14 n4 p486-502 Fall 2009
This paper investigates the personal experiences of hearing adults with signing Deaf parents in their families, school, and society. In order to obtain relevant information, in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 Cypriot hearing adults with Deaf parents between the ages of 21 and 30 years with different occupation, sex, and educational background. It was found that most of the participants developed a bicultural identity, undertook the interpreter and protector role in their family, and interacted well with their parents, despite the lack of in-depth communication that they noted. The positive role of the extended family was acknowledged. The prejudices of Cypriot hearing people against the Deaf people were identified, as well as the lack of state support toward the Deaf community. This study has implications for Deaf parents, and professionals working, planning, and implementing social, psychological, and educational support services to Deaf-parented families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus