Coping the Obstacles in Silence : The Explorative Study of Adversity Intelligence of Deaf People

Riestyane Riestyane, Retno Hanggarani Ninin, Ahmad Gimmy Prathama Siswadi
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Deaf people’s difficulties, related to the ability to speak and capture audio information normally, raises several obstacles such as emotional instability, the way to communicate with hearing people, and so on. Some of them found it difficult, but some others have a good ability to overcome these obstacles, which is called adversity intelligence. This study aims to explore the ability of the deaf people to overcome the obstacles that arise due to the deaf condition, and also to find out what factors that may support and detain the Deaf people in carrying out their daily activities. This exploratory qualitative research involved respondents aged 18-40 years that are deaf since were born, using interview instruments and recorded documentation. The results of the descriptive analysis show that the main obstacle of Deaf people is not the physical problem (deaf) itself, but rather to the economic factors and poor communication with others. Respondents responded this condition through efforts to find solutions (seeking job, communicating to others with the help of intermediaries or third persons, etc.) to increase the acceptance and resilience themselves. In addition to the ability of good adversity intelligence, the support system from the closest ones could be a supporting factor that has a positive impact on the Deaf people, while the limited access and difficulty understanding the lips of the hearing people are some of the inhibiting factors for the Deaf people. Further research is recommended to involve respondents with more variety of backgrounds, and also to communicate using sign language by researchers themselves.


adversity intelligence; Deaf; obstacles; exploratory; qualitative


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