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The aim of this study was to explore the role of self-beliefs in predicting postsecondary outcomes for deaf young adults in transition from secondary settings. Three main constructs were explored: self-concept, self-determination, and expectations about the future. This study examined the relationships between deaf adolescents’ self-beliefs and actual future achievements that were reached as they transitioned to adult life, in three domains: life, employment, and education. Despite the generally positive self-beliefs of deaf individuals, which were, in some cases, related to postsecondary outcomes, the self-beliefs assessed in this study did not have a direct influence on postsecondary attainments. Findings suggest that for deaf individuals, successfully navigating transitions to adult life involves dimensions beyond individual agency. Positive self-beliefs are clearly a part of successfully attaining postsecondary outcomes, but deaf individuals may not have full access to equitable opportunities to capitalize on these beliefs.

Citation

Garberoglio, C., Schoffstall, S., Cawthon, S., Bond, M., & Ge, J. (2014). The role of self-beliefs in predicting postschool outcomes for deaf young adults. Journal of Developmental Physical Disabilities, 26(6), 667–688. doi:10.1007/s10882-014- 9388-y


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Published Date

2014

Topic

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Educational Access

Type of Resource

Journal Article/Book Chapter

Audience

Higher Education Instructor
Researcher
School Administrator

Grade Level

High School
Higher Education/Adult Learning