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Social Inclusion and Feelings of Belonging: Self-Esteem in the Deaf Community

Grennan, Carrie (2019) Social Inclusion and Feelings of Belonging: Self-Esteem in the Deaf Community. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The current research implements a mixed methods approach in investigating the relationship social inclusion and feelings of belongingness have with the self-esteem of members of the D/deaf community. Participants were required to fill out the Rosenburg Self Esteem Scale, Social Assurance and Social Connectedness Scales, as well as a novel questionnaire schedule targeting Social Inclusion at two separate levels; Intrinsic – pertaining to interaction and belonging within the D/deaf community, and extrinsic, pertaining to interaction and integration with hearing peers. Two Pearson Correlation tests and a Hierarchical Multiple Regression Analysis were used to investigate how feelings of belonging impact self-esteem. An Inductive Thematic Analysis was utilized to identify themes amongst the answers of participants related to their opinions of their experience, or lack of, with social inclusion on both intrinsic and extrinsic levels. Three key themes have been identified by thematic analyses. In the discussion section real-world applications based on the universal use of Sign Language, social policy and inclusion laws and overall awareness campaigns are suggested as well as specific recommendations for further research including the use of specific methodologies which may further explain the unique relationship between social inclusion and self-esteem for the D/deaf community.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 12:02
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 12:02

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