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Personality characteristics of day and residential school graduates

This paper discusses the possible differences in personality characteristics between hearing-impaired students from residential and day programs. If there are differences, certain implications exist for educational and rehabilitative services. The Sixteen Personality Factors Test was administered to thirty-five hearing impaired students at California State University, Northridge. These students composed the two samples. Scores from all 16 f actors were entered into a discriminant function equation as independent variables to determine if a difference statistically significant at the .05 level exists between the residential and day groups. A t-test for independent �groups was used to determine if a difference could be found among individual factors. The composite personality profiles of the two groups were not significantly different. However, at the .05 level significant difference was found on three of the sixteen individual factors. Although some difference was determined bet ween the groups based on composite scores and a statistical difference was found on three factors, practical application of this information for programming purposes would be difficult. It is recommended that further studies be conducted to investigate the possible differences between groups of hearing impaired persons based on age, sex, amount of hearing loss, age of onset, and length of time between leaving these programs and the date of testing.

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