Representation of deaf characters in television watched by adolescents and young adults

ID: 3759
School: School of Human Services and Sciences
Program: Psychology
Status: Ongoing
Start date: April 2017
End Date: September 2022


Youth seek connections with television characters as part of the identity formation process. Deaf and hard of hearing youth have traditionally had few opportunities to connect with deaf television characters, but there has been an increase in the representation of deaf people on television in recent years. The current project examines how deaf and hard-of-hearing youth engage with deaf media models using survey and focus group approaches.

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Kobek Pezzarossi, C. & Schooler, D. (2019, June). America's Next Role Model: How deaf college students perceive television representations of deaf individuals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), Baltimore, MD.


Paglieri, T.A., Kobek Pezzarossi, C.M., Schooler, D. (in press). Social media use, acculturation, and self-esteem of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. JADARA.