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Title

Border Crossings of the Heart - Navigating the Transition from Minority to Majority Cultures: A Pilot Study of Young Hearing Adults of Deaf Parents and Young Heterosexual Adults of Gay/Lesbian Parents

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

“Emerging Adulthood,” a distinct period of identity exploration, may be more challenging and stressful for adults who are hearing and raised by Deaf parents or are heterosexual and raised by Lesbian or Gay (L&G) parents. This research explores the crossing of this uncharted border area from minority culture towards an expected assimilation into a majority culture, specifically: Does the concept of emerging adulthood reflect the realities and experiences of adults 18-25 years old? How does being raised by Deaf parents within the Deaf culture when the young adult is hearing impact emerging adulthood development? How does being raised by L&G parents within the L&G culture when the young adult is heterosexual impact emerging adulthood development? Where might the experiences of these two groups intersect, such as possible challenges, stresses and struggles? Is there identity development drift, a lack of sense of fit or belonging in either minority or majority culture or community? What opportunities does this border area provide, that is, what are the helpful strategies and coping mechanisms being developed and used in this crossing? What supports - informational, emotional and instrumental – may be useful for a healthy crossing for these young adults?

Start Date

25-4-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2015 1:15 PM

Faculty Advisor

Steven J. Onken

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Location: Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

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Apr 25th, 12:00 PM Apr 25th, 1:15 PM

Border Crossings of the Heart - Navigating the Transition from Minority to Majority Cultures: A Pilot Study of Young Hearing Adults of Deaf Parents and Young Heterosexual Adults of Gay/Lesbian Parents

“Emerging Adulthood,” a distinct period of identity exploration, may be more challenging and stressful for adults who are hearing and raised by Deaf parents or are heterosexual and raised by Lesbian or Gay (L&G) parents. This research explores the crossing of this uncharted border area from minority culture towards an expected assimilation into a majority culture, specifically: Does the concept of emerging adulthood reflect the realities and experiences of adults 18-25 years old? How does being raised by Deaf parents within the Deaf culture when the young adult is hearing impact emerging adulthood development? How does being raised by L&G parents within the L&G culture when the young adult is heterosexual impact emerging adulthood development? Where might the experiences of these two groups intersect, such as possible challenges, stresses and struggles? Is there identity development drift, a lack of sense of fit or belonging in either minority or majority culture or community? What opportunities does this border area provide, that is, what are the helpful strategies and coping mechanisms being developed and used in this crossing? What supports - informational, emotional and instrumental – may be useful for a healthy crossing for these young adults?