Date of Award

Winter 12-1988

Document Type

Master's Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Arlene Kestner

Second Advisor

Dr. H. L. Bradley


To facilitate successful vocational rehabilitation services to clients it is helpful to make accurate diagnosis as to which clients will have the best chances of success. The present paper examines the locus of control construct as a predictor of rehabilitation potential in hearing-impaired individuals. Hearing-impaired individuals were found to have relatively high external orientations when compared to normally hearing individuals. It is suggested that unique developmental processes in the hearing-impaired may lead to the formation of external orientations. Implications are made regarding the development of a rehabilitation prediction model for the hearing-impaired. Therapeutic implications for changes in locus control are also presented.