A lens on deaf identities by Irene W. Leigh

By Irene W. Leigh

This identify explores id formation in deaf individuals. It appears to be like on the significant impacts on deaf id, together with the really fresh formal popularity of a deaf tradition, the various internalized types of incapacity and deafness, and the looks of deaf identification theories within the mental literature.

summary: This name explores identification formation in deaf folks. It seems on the significant impacts on deaf identification, together with the fairly fresh formal acceptance of a deaf tradition, the various internalized versions of incapacity and deafness, and the looks of deaf identification theories within the mental literature

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This shift in self-perception among the Deaf community led Humphries (2008, p. ” 16 A Lens on Deaf Identities This task has involved debates among Deaf people themselves and with hearing people about issues of membership, encompassing how to conceptualize practices that reflected bona fide Deaf culture ways of being (Humphries, 1996, 2008; Ladd, 1994). This is critical, considering that when hard-of-hearing parents are excluded, an estimated less than 5% of deaf parents have deaf children (Mitchell & Karchmer, 2004).

If there is exposure to information about Deaf people at some point, the Exploration stage creates the possibility of associating with either hearing or Deaf groups. As the individual starts exploring these groups, tentative Identification/ Rejection takes place depending on early experiences and level of acceptance. For example, if a deaf person feels rejected by hearing peers, the desire to join the Deaf community may become more salient. If exposure creates negative stereotypical perceptions of the group one is trying to identify with, feelings of Ambivalence may emerge.

Yes, I can sign. Yes, I can speak. I have a variety of interesting people in my life and they happen to communicate in a variety of ways. But most of all I’m just Karen—a wife, a mom, and a person who does a variety of things. Get to know me as Karen first, the rest falls in place. (K. Putz, personal communication, March 25, 2006) Putz has decided to center herself on the personal self-definition, but the social definition as defined by “the other” is all too often omnipresent. As indicated in a study of oral deaf adults, those who wanted to connect with Deaf adults reported being rejected by those who objected to oral values (Leigh, 1999a), thereby reinforcing separatism and forcing further self-definition about who they were as opposed to Deaf culture members.

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