Journal Article

Is It Abuse? Deaf Female Undergraduates’ Labeling of Partner Violence

Melissa L. Anderson and Caroline M. Kobek Pezzarossi

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 17, issue 2, pages 273-286
Published in print April 2012 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enr048
Is It Abuse? Deaf Female Undergraduates’ Labeling of Partner Violence

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The current study investigated the labeling of abuse experiences in a sample of 97 Deaf female undergraduate students, exploring the following questions: What is the prevalence of violent behaviors experienced by Deaf female undergraduates in their past-year relationships, what proportion of these relationships are identified as “abuse,” and what scripts and strategies do Deaf female undergraduates utilize to label their experiences of partner violence? Results indicated that over half of the sample chose not to label past-year experiences of psychological aggression, physical assault, and sexual coercion as abuse, even when these experiences included severe violence. Implications for the Deaf education system will be discussed.

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

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