College predisposition and the influence of central auditory processing disorders
Models of college choice indicate that the "predisposition stage" is the period when a person decides if they plan to attend college. To date, a fair amount of research has been done on how students without any form of disability experience this phase of the college choice process. However, there is a gap in the college choice research, specifically in the predisposition phase, related to the experience of students with hidden disabilities. For the purpose of this study, central auditory processing disorders (CAPDs) were the hidden disabilities under investigation. CAPDs do not impair hearing or limit intelligence, but can hinder attention, understanding of verbal information, and social, emotional and behavioral maturation. Purposeful sampling was used in this exploratory, qualitative inquiry, investigating the college predisposition experience of 8 students with CAPDs. Interviews with the 8 students and 8 parents helped answer the research question, "How do traditional college choice (predisposition) theories relate to students with central auditory processing disorders?" The results of this study suggest that the significance of parental assistance is dramatically greater for this population than what is traditionally reflected in the college choice literature. Parental factors dwarfed the influence of peers, schools, and environment in this study, suggesting implications for research and practice.
0460: Speech therapy
0745: Higher education