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


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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 achievements 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 attainment. 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.