The introduction of a minority group of deaf students into the majority hearing culture (approximately 410 NTID students and 5000 full-time RIT students, as of 1972) offered an intense microcosm of the situation when any minority exists within a majority group. The deaf students in general are readily identifiable as a group since they of course do not hear well enough to participate easily in a conversation with an ordinary hearing students. The present investigation then seeks to establish if any stereotype does exist among the hearing about the personality of the deaf, and, if there is such a set of beliefs, whether there exists a basis in fact for these perceived characteristics.

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Presented at the Eastern Psychological Association 44th Annual Convention, 1973.

The research reported in this paper was supported in part by funds supplied by National Science Foundation Institutional Grant #GU3570-A-1 to the Rochester Institute of Technology, and with materials and analysis assistance furnished by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Thanks are due for data collection to Jerry Nelson (NTID student) and to Stephen Kramer (RIT College of Business hearing student).

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