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ERIC Number: EJ930643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Psychosocial Potential Maximization: A Framework of Proactive Psychosocial Attributes and Tactics Used by Individuals Who Are Deaf
Jacobs, Paul Gordon
Volta Review, v110 n1 p5-29 Spr 2010
This article presents a systematic and comprehensive framework of proactive psychosocial attributes and tactics that individuals who are deaf use to maximize their professional and social potential. Empirical studies regarding deafness appear to lack such a framework which may be due to how the research is conducted. A framework of proactive psychosocial attributes and tactics was found in Reiff, Ginsberg, and Gerber's (1995) study of learning disabilities. Reiff et al.'s framework was thereafter used to frame a review of empirical studies related to deafness. It was found that individuals who are deaf likely maximize their potential using 2 sets of proactive psychosocial attributes and tactics: (1) skills that individuals with typical hearing use and (2) specialized skills for circumventing deafness-related difficulties. It is further argued that adult participants who are deaf will provide greater insight into how psychosocial potential is maximized. This literature review will be complemented by empirical findings in a later article. (Contains 2 figures.)
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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