Self-perceived quality of life of children and adolescents with physical disabilities in Hong Kong

Chow, Susanna, Lo, Sing Kai and Cummins, Robert 2005, Self-perceived quality of life of children and adolescents with physical disabilities in Hong Kong, Quality of life research, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 415-423.

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Title Self-perceived quality of life of children and adolescents with physical disabilities in Hong Kong
Author(s) Chow, Susanna
Lo, Sing Kai
Cummins, Robert
Journal name Quality of life research
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 415
End page 423
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-03
ISSN 0962-9343
1573-2649
Keyword(s) children
objective quality of life
physical disability
subjective quality of life
Summary Although illnesses and diseases are thought to adversely affect quality of life (QoL), whether children who have physical disabilities (PD) from a young age adapt to the effect of developmental disabilities has rarely been investigated. This study attempted to assess the subjective wellbeing, and examine the correlation between objective and subjective QoL, of children with PD. Using a self-reported non-disease-specific questionnaire, the QoL of 72 young persons (13.5 ± 2.0 years) with PD was contrasted with those who do not have disabilities (n = 510; age-matched). MANOVA analyses revealed that the PD group had lower objective QoL score (63.0 ± 7.4 vs. 66.8 ± 5.7, p < 0.001) but the two groups were not significantly different in subjective QoL score (70.9 ± 11.4 vs. 69.6 ± 13.6, p = 0.466). No correlation was found between objective and subjective QoL in the PD group (r ranged from 0.06 to 0.19), while weak to medium correlations (r ranged from 0.03 to 0.41) were observed for the controls. The apparent detachment of subjective feeling and objective circumstances in the PD group may reflect adjustment to developmental disabilities.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer-Verlag Dordrecht
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006502

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