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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1998;22(4):769-777.
Self-Esteem of Adults with Cerebral Palsy.
Na, Jin Kyung , Kim, Sei Joo , Cho, Young Jin
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College Medicine, Korea University.
2Samyook Rehabilitation Center.
뇌성마비 성인의 자존심
나진경, 김세주, 조영진1
고려대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 1삼육재활원
Abstract

Objective
To estimate the self-esteem and to understand the psychosocial needs of people with cerebral palsy(CP).


Method
Thirty-seven adult CP with age from 19 to 30 years and 24 controls with age from 19 to 33 years were evaluated for their self-esteems. The self-esteem was estimated by the standardized Korean-version of manual which was originally developed by Fitts(1965).


Results
The CP group scored significantly lower than the control group on 5 items of the physical self-esteem, personal self-esteem, self identity, self satisfaction, and self behavior among the 14 self-esteem items. Males scored higher than females on the personal self-esteem and self behavior. Personal self-esteem score was higher with the increasing age. The type of CP and the independent gait had no influence on the positive self.


Conclusion
The differences on self-esteem between CP and control group suggest the needs of psychosocial support for the adults with cerebral palsy.

Key Words: Cerebral palsy, Self-esteem, Positive self, Self criticism


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