2nd Edition

Deaf People and Society Psychological, Sociological and Educational Perspectives

By Irene W. Leigh, Jean F. Andrews Copyright 2017
    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Deaf People and Society incorporates multiple perspectives related to the topics of psychology, education, and sociology, including the viewpoints of deaf adults themselves. In doing so, it considers the implications of what it means to be deaf or hard of hearing and how deaf adults’ lives are impacted by decisions that professionals make, whether in the clinic, the school, or when working with family. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and offers current perspectives on the following topics:

    • Etiologies of deafness and the identification process
    • The role of auditory access
    • Cognition, language, communication, and literacy
    • Bilingual, bilingual/bimodal, and monolingual approaches to language learning
    • Educational, legal, and placement aspects
    • Childhood psychological issues
    • Psychological and sociological viewpoints of deaf adults
    • The criminal justice system and deaf people
    • Psychodynamics of interaction between deaf and hearing people

    Each chapter begins with a set of objectives and concludes with suggested readings for further research. This edition contains 10 new and original case studies, including ones on hearing children of deaf adults, sudden hearing loss, a young deaf adult with mental illness, and more. Written by a seasoned deaf/hearing bilingual team, this unique text continues to be the go-to resource for students and future professionals interested in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.

    Preface 1. Historical Perspectives of Deaf People and Psychology 2. The Deaf Community: A Diverse Entity 3. How It All Begins 4. Language, Cognition, and the Mind 5. Educational Aspects of Deaf Education 6. Language Learning and Language Teaching Approaches 7.  Psychological Issues in Childhood 8. Deaf Adults: Viewpoints from Psychology 9. Being a Deaf Adult: Viewpoints from Sociology 10. The Deaf Defendent: Legal, Communication, and Language Considerations 11. Deaf-Hearing Relationships in Context 12. From Now to the Future 13. Case Studies: Adoption and Deaf Parents. Becoming Deaf in Childhood. Hearing Children of Deaf Adults. Issues for Deaf Immigrants. Impact of Being Black and Deaf. Life as a DeafBlind Person. Sudden Hearing Loss. Health Care and Deaf Patients. A Young Deaf Adult with Mental Illness. A Deaf Suspect Caught in the Criminal Justice System


    Irene W. Leigh is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and has an extensive record of research, publications, and presentations in the areas of depression, psychosocial adjustment, parenting, attachment, identity, and cochlear implants.

    Jean F. Andrews is Professor Emerita of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, where she has taught and conducted research in language and literacy for deaf students across the lifespan.