The Role of Self-Beliefs in Predicting Postschool Outcomes for Deaf Young Adults


The aim of this study was to explore the role of self-beliefs in predicting postsecondary outcomes for deaf young adults in transition from secondary settings. Three main constructs were explored: self-concept, self-determination, and expectations about the future. This study examined the relationships between deaf adolescents’ self-beliefs and actual future achievements that were reached as they transitioned to adult life, in three domains: life, employment, and education. Despite the generally positive self-beliefs of deaf individuals, which were, in some cases, related to postsecondary outcomes, the self-beliefs assessed in this study did not have a direct influence on postsecondary attainments. Findings suggest that for deaf individuals, successfully navigating transitions to adult life involves dimensions beyond individual agency. Positive self-beliefs are clearly a part of successfully attaining postsecondary outcomes, but deaf individuals may not have full access to equitable opportunities to capitalize on these beliefs.


Garberoglio, C., Schoffstall, S., Cawthon, S., Bond, M., & Ge, J. (2014). The role of self-beliefs in predicting postschool outcomes for deaf young adults. Journal of Developmental Physical Disabilities, 26(6), 667–688. doi:10.1007/s10882-014- 9388-y