Journal Article

Deaf College Students’ Perceptions of Their Social-Emotional Adjustment

Jennifer Lukomski

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 12, issue 4, pages 486-494
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enm008
Deaf College Students’ Perceptions of Their Social-Emotional Adjustment

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This study examined differences between deaf and hearing students' perceptions of their social emotional adjustment as they transition to college. The 16PF-Adolescent Personality Questionnaire Life Difficulties Scale was completed by 205 deaf students and 185 hearing students. A multivariate analyses of variance and subsequent univariate tests found that deaf students rated themselves as experiencing significantly higher home life difficulties than hearing students, and deaf students rated themselves as having fewer coping difficulties than hearing students. Results also revealed a hearing status by gender interaction with deaf females rating themselves significantly higher on worry than deaf males, hearing females, and hearing males. An exploratory factor analysis of the Life Difficulties subscales yielded three factors of life difficulties for deaf college students but only two factors for hearing college students. These findings suggest that there are differences between deaf and hearing students who are transitioning to college with regards to their social-emotional adjustment.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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