The Significance of Deaf Identity for Psychological Well-Being

Autor/a: CHAPMAN, Madeleine; DAMMEYER, Jesper
Año: 2017
Editorial: The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 22(2), 187-194
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Aspectos psicológicos y cognitivos


Research has paid attention to how deaf identity affects life outcomes such as psychological well-being. However, studies are often carried out with small samples and without controlling for other variables. This study examined how different forms of identity—deaf, hearing, bicultural (deaf and hearing), and marginal (neither deaf nor hearing)—were associated with levels of psychological well-being and a number of other variables. The sample was 742 adults with hearing loss in Denmark. The study found that those with a deaf, hearing or bicultural identity had significantly higher levels of psychological well-being than those with a marginal identity. Further, it found that additional disability, educational level, and feeling discriminated against significantly and independently explained the degree of psychological well-being. Results are discussed here with respect to social identity theory and current deaf identity themes.