The effects of hearing deficits on student self-perceptions of social belonging, difficulty at school, and self-image

Lindsy Cox, Brittany Ruffo, Julian Laird, Benjamin P Schade, Karen H Larwin


A paucity of research exists that examines how well hearing-impaired students function in the primary and secondary grades when attending a general education setting. The research that does exists to suggest that issues of poor self-perception, challenges regarding a sense of belonging, and self-image may be amplified for the non-hearing student. The current investigation examines the self-reported feelings of the hearing-impaired students relative to the student with no identified hearing difficulties. Results suggest that while social belonging may be a problem for the hearing-impaired students relative to their hearing peers, no differences were found on the responses associate with self-image or trouble at school.


Hearing deficits; High school; Self-image; Self-perception; Social belonging

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