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Date of Award


Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Ruth Friedel

Second Advisor

Maryka Biaggio

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen


This study provides a qualitative analysis of the experience of late-deafened adults and the impact of hearing loss for these individuals. A primary goal of this study is to capture, as accurately as possible, the voices of participants as they related their experience. Six adults who had become deaf after age 16 were interviewed about their experiences during and after this important transition. Thematic material from the interviews is discussed in the context of the relational model of self in connection, developed at the Stone Center (Miller & Stiver, 1997) and current literature on communication, acculturation, Deaf culture, and social identity.