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ERIC Number: EJ903012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
A Researcher Looks Back: First Person
Steyger, Peter S.
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v5 n2 p22-23 Spr 2004
In high school, the author was bullied constantly. The bullying centered on the fact that he could not easily articulate new multi-syllable words or participate in casual conversations with other boys. The bullying had several effects: (1) he became more isolated in society and far less confident in his abilities; (2) he became afraid to ask questions of teachers, colleagues, authoritarian figures, or relatives; and (3) he did not challenge assumptions or the status quo. It has only been recently, with his own 12-year-old daughter in school, that he can appreciate just how vulnerable he was as a young boy. It is extremely important for teenagers who are deaf or hard of hearing to have positive images of their own self-worth, high self-esteem, and an identity that incorporates their hearing loss. For many deaf individuals, talking about feelings that surround hearing loss is a first important step to developing a positive sense of self-worth and a strong identity. For the author, this process occurred through interacting with both peers and role models who have already successfully developed a strong sense of identity. He joined Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and became aware of the National Association of the Deaf. In this article, the author looks back and realizes now that denial of one's deafness or hearing loss is a recipe for setting up situations where bullying can occur.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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