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Changing attitudes about the employability of the deaf and hard of hearing.

Authors
  • Zahn, S B
  • Kelly, L J
Type
Published Article
Journal
American annals of the deaf
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1995
Volume
140
Issue
5
Pages
381–385
Identifiers
PMID: 8585507
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Hearing students viewed a videotape featuring positive deaf and hard of hearing role models in a variety of employment settings. Attitudes about the employability of these individuals were measured in a pretest posttest control group design. Attitudes after viewing the role model videotape were significantly more positive than those reported prior to viewing the videotape. Respondents were able to generalize their positive attitudes beyond the limited number of occupations featured in the tape to other occupations. Further, the attitude change was of an enduring nature, with posttest two results indicating no significant attitude change from posttest one attitudes. The findings of the present study indicate that video-tape can be an effective means of introducing positive deaf and hard of hearing role models in both educational and employment settings.

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