The Influence of Communication Mode on the Leisure Behavior of Adults Who Are Deaf


  • Cynthia J. Wachter


Deaf, Manual Communication, Oral Communication, ASL, Leisure Involvement, Leisure Satisfaction


This paper reports the results of research investigating whether the method of communication used by adults who are deaf affects leisure behavior and leisure satisfaction. The results indicated several significant differences between oral and manual communication users' leisure behavior. Manual communication users demonstrated higher levels of leisure involvement and participation in social leisure activities than did oral communication users. Manual users prefer leisure partners who are also deaf manual users while oral users prefer hearing leisure partners. No significant difference in leisure satisfaction was observed between the manual and oral communication users.



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