Identity of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing individuals on microaggressions, coping strategies, and well-being

[Speaker] Chu, Man Him:1
1:Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Despite the enforcement of the Disability Discrimination Ordinance in Hong Kong, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) individuals still experience microaggressions, in which individuals of the dominant culture communicate hostility unintentionally and unconsciously against members of the oppressed groups.

The present study used a mixed methods approach to investigate 1) the influence of type of identity formed by D/HH people on their perceptions of microaggressions, and 2) the emotional, psychological, and social impacts brought about by microaggressions and how these impacts are buffered by different coping strategies through a cross-sectional self-report questionnaire presented in either written Chinese or Hong Kong Sign Language and a semi-structured interview based on a stratified sub-sample of the participants. Findings indicated their identity is related to their experience of different forms of microaggressions, which impact different domains of well-being. Coping strategies have differential moderating effects on the relationship between microaggressions and well-being.
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