Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University
Life scripts of oral Deaf individuals
Life scripts are culturally shared expectations about the order and timing of life events in a prototypical life course while a life story includes a person's episodic memories. Because life scripts are shaped by cultural expectations, individual life scripts will differ based on their cultural identity. Earlier work from this lab examined the presence of cultural life scripts in Deaf individuals from theses multigenerational Deaf families. The study found that the Deaf participants had a cultural life script that overlapped with the broader US culture script but differed from this life script with the emergence of new Deaf related themes such as bilingualism, discrimination, and camps. This study explored the cultural life scripts of Deaf individuals who were raised orally with exposure to sign language and/or the Deaf culture occurring later in life. The research question becomes do these individuals follow a script for a disabled individual and try to "pass" as "normal."
Suggs, C., Williams, S. L., Daggett, D., van der Mark, L., & Clark, M. D. (2013, May). Passing for hearing: Life scripts of oral Deaf college students. Presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
Wojan, E. R., Clark, M. D., & Harmon, K. (2013, May). Oral Deaf life scripts. Presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.