The purpose of this research was to analyze the career decision-making and self-efficacy of adolescents age 15-19 years old who are deaf and hard of hearing, who attend or have attended mainstream school settings and who primarily use auditory verbal communication. This investigation endeavored to determine how much self-efficacy, or confidence, these individuals report having in various career competencies and if these individual’s level of career maturity is influenced by a hearing difference. Participants were contacted nationwide, and included in the survey protocol was the Career Decision-Making Self Efficacy Scale and the Career Maturity Inventory, Form-C. Results of this research suggest adolescents with hearing loss demonstrate moderate to high confidence in career decision making self-efficacy. Scores on the Career Maturity Inventory also approximated norms of students without hearing loss. Individual results varied on items pertaining to hearing loss in school, preparation for future jobs/careers and worry about hearing accommodations/technology and further research is suggested on this topic of career self efficacy and career decision making for populations with disabilities.


Furey, Joan


Communication Studies


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Disability and Equity in Education | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology


Career Decision-Making, Career Maturity, CDMSE, Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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