Lena Adamson; Self-Image, Adolescence, and Disability. Am J Occup Ther 2003;57(5):578-581. doi: 10.5014/ajot.57.5.578.
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the self-image of a group of young persons with cerebral palsy. The respondents (3 girls and 4 boys, ages 12 to 17 years) were interviewed and asked to complete a personality inventory. The results from the personality inventory revealed that the respondents viewed themselves in a very positive manner and rated markedly higher than norm groups. This positive view corresponded well with the findings of the interview.
The following conclusions are made: Further studies on self-image and the psychosocial development of adolescents with disabilities should (a) focus on the social interaction outside their immediate families, and (b) continue to use and develop methods where these adolescents can give voice to their own experiences and opinions.
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