Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Gerald Buisson


Due to lack of previous research in this area, research for this project will be conducted on various social groups on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in order to determine the attitudes towards the deaf held by each social group. (For this project, a social group is defined as an organization whose members are college students on a university campus.) Research will be conducted through the use of a survey instrument designed to measure hearing people’s perception of deaf people, in terms of their intelligence, job skills, communication skills, academic skills, ability to deal with traffic, and ability to live independently (Berkay, Gardener, & Smith, 1995). The researcher will use the Opinions about Deaf People Scale developed by Berkay, Gardner, and Smith with a few minor additions and modifications. In this research endeavor, the researcher will seek to answer the question: What are the attitudes towards deafness held by various social groups on a university campus, and do those attitudes deviate among social groups?