Abstract

Abstract:

Friendships and self-determination are two factors that positively influence success in school and adult life. Examining the relationship between these two constructs among a sample of students who were deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), the researchers used the Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (Shogren, Wehmeyer, Burke, & Palmer, 2017) to measure the level of self-determination of 29 students ages 13–17 years who were DHH. The researchers then used two self-report measures to probe students’ quantity and quality of friendships, and conducted an analysis to determine whether the quality and quantity of friendships correlated with the self-determination of the students. Significant correlations were found between self-determination and both the quality and quantity of friendships among the study sample (p < .01). The findings support those of previous studies indicating that autonomy and social networks are related.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0375
Print ISSN
0002-726X
Pages
pp. 576-595
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-01
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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