Adolescent Behavior in the Hearing Impaired

Keywords: Instructional Strategies, General Information,7-12

Submitted by: Carolyn Benton and Christine Snarey

Adolescent Behavior in the Hearing Impaired

I. Problems
A. Cognitive Misconceptions

  1. Social Realities
  2. Physical Realities
B. Coping Intellectually with the Tasks and Challenges
  1. Social Life
  2. Vocational Life
C. Behavior Characteristics
  1. Impulsive
  2. Egocentric
  3. Rigid

II. Causes
A. Behavior Problems Attributed to

  1. Sensory Depravation
  2. Social Depravation
B. Inappropriate Interactions
  1. Turn Waiting
  2. Initiating Interaction
  3. Interacting With Others
C. External Locus of Control
  1. Occurrences to Luck
  2. Occurrences to Chance
D. Fail to Recognize Feelings of Others

III.Current Responses
A. Parents

  1. Shelters Child
  2. Methods of Discipline
  3. Recognizing Child's Needs

B. Teachers

  1. Behavior
  2. Creating Positive Environment for Effective Teaching

C. Environment

  1. Lack of Control
  2. Lack of Communicating Within Environment
  3. Lack of Motivation

D. Emergence of Adolescence

  1. Onset of Puberty
  2. Self Identity
  3. Peer Relationships

IV. Alternative Responses
A. Strategies to Support Appropriate Behaviors

  1. Encouraging Personal Growth
  2. Recognize Needs

B. Establish Self Identity
  1. Parents
  2. Teachers
  3. Extended Family Members

C. Establish Self Control
  1. Modifies Disruptive Behavior
  2. Increases on Task Behaviors
  3. Increases Ability to Direct and Govern Personal Behaviors

V. Questions / Insights
A. Why does a child continue to have behavioral problems if exposed to a supportive environment ?
B. How long does it take for a deaf adolescent to resolve behavior problems and reach adulthood compared to a hearing adolescent ?
C. Existing Behavioral Differences Between Hearing and Hearing Impaired

  1. Social Behaviors
  2. Cognitive Patterns

D. Adolescent Experiences
  1. On-set of puberty
  2. Peer Pressure
  3. Family Problems
  4. Identity Problems

VI. References

A. Periodicals

Cates, D.S. & Shontz, F.C. (1990). Role-taking ability and social behavior in deaf school children. American Annals of the Deaf,135, 217-21.

Cohen, O.P. (1991). At-risk deaf adolescents. Volta Review,93, 57-72.

Kluwin, T.N. & Lindsay, M. (1984). The effects of the teacher's behavior on deaf student's perseption of the organizational environment of the classroom. American Annals of the Deaf,129, 386-91.

Morrow. L. W. (1985). Teaching self-control to dually diagnosed deaf students: promising procedures. American Annals of the Deaf, 130 502-7.

Rasing, E.J. & Duker, P.C. (1992). Effects of a multifaceted training procedure on the acquisition and generalization of social behaviors in language-disabled deaf children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis,25 ,723-34.

B. Interviews

Balan, Christine, M.A. Personal Interview. 28 Oct. 1993. Kent State University. A.B.A. Professor. 9 years field experience in A.B.A.

VII. Suggested Readings

Martin, R.P. (1988). Assessment of personality and behavior problems: infancy through adolescence. New York: Guilford Press.

Uploaded by: Jodi Gray/KSU/Deaf Education Major