The effects of hearing on the development and expression of the self.
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An exploratory study of the self through the use of the "Who Am I" test, an open ended test entitied "The Person You Are" and an adaptation of Gordon's self configuration scheme to the "Who Am I" test served as measures to the problem at hand.
The data revealed that the inability to hear and so to verbally stimulate oneself results in the development and the expression of a less than fully reflexive self consciousness. The "impoverished" self displayed by the deaf adolescents seemed to stem from their inability to verbally stimulate their "selves" and "others" and to respond to themselves and others as social objects.
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