The prevalence of boredom proneness and depression among profoundly deaf residential school adolescents

Am Ann Deaf. 1991 Dec;136(5):409-13. doi: 10.1353/aad.2012.0470.


We investigated boredom proneness and depression among 50 profoundly deaf residential school adolescents using the Boredom Proneness (BP) scale and a version of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) that has been modified for use with deaf subjects. Consistent with previous research, the deaf students had a significantly higher incidence of depression than the hearing students. In addition, the deaf students were found to be significantly more boredom prone than the hearing subjects. The results suggest that deafness not only increases a person's vulnerability to mild levels of depression, but also tends to augment one's tendency toward experiencing boredom. Implications for educational settings and areas for future research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Boredom*
  • Deafness / complications
  • Deafness / epidemiology*
  • Deafness / psychology
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Depression / etiology
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Schools