The Effects of Reflected Appraisals on Interpreter Self-Concept

ID: 4048
School: School of Language, Education, and Culture
Program: Interpreting and Translation
Status: Completed
Start date: January 2020
End Date: May 2021


The perceptions we believe others have of us, known as reflected appraisals, are significant to our self-concept. However, there is little known about how the self-concept of interpreters may be affected by the perceptions they encounter during their work. The current study used a sociological framework to examine how six interpreters in the experimental group perceived negative reflected appraisals from Deaf audience members during an interpreting task, if their self-views were negatively affected, and if they were affected, whether they led to diminished self-concept according to measures of self-esteem, mastery, and self-rated signing competency. The results were compared to a control group of five interpreters. Findings revealed that even though the experimental group did not believe the audience’s feedback was negative in nature, the appraisals still led to negative self-views. However, self-concept was not diminished to a statistically significant level. The implications of the current study may be used to improve the quality of interpreting services by deepening our understanding of what affects interpreter personhood.

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