Perspectives of counseling among a sample of deaf adults




Sellers, Jennafer LeeAnne

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Though members of counseling professions are responsible for maintaining multicultural competency, there is a dearth of research literature to inform culturally-relevant counseling strategies for Deaf adults. This study uses naturalistic inquiry to better understand Deaf perspectives regarding counseling to provide a foundation for multicultural research and practices aimed at serving the Deaf community. Five participants contributed data in interviews which were transcribed, coded, and subjected to constant comparative analysis. As a result, the following five themes emerged from the data: Struggles and Trauma, Importance of Counseling, Barriers to Counseling, Emotional Support Role of the Counselor, and Desirable Counselor Characteristics. Implications for counselors, researchers, and educators are discussed.


A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education.


counseling, counselor education, deaf, interviews, naturalistic inquiry, qualitative



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