This paper offers an ecological view of deaf ness to assist rehabilitation counselors and clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that deaf persons may present. An ecological perspective identifies the many hierarchically arranged, biopsychhsocial levels which influence the development of deaf persons. It further identifies the sequences of interaction (the exchanges of information) which occur both within and between levels, and which include the creation, labeling and reifying of symptoms. The organization of ecological fields is described by a cybernetic model from the discipline of family therapy. A detailed case example is presented.
Harvey, M. A., & Dym, B. (1988). An Ecological Perspective on Deafness. JADARA, 21(3). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol21/iss3/6