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The impact of physical disability on body esteem

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posted on 2001-12-01, 00:00 authored by George Taleporos, M McCabe
The current study investigated the impact of physical disability on body esteem. A total of 35 people (18 males and 17 females) with physical disabilities between 19 to 60 years (mean = 38 years, SD = 10), participated in focus groups where they discussed their feelings about how their disability affected their body esteem. They also responded to a series of questions that were designed to examine disability-specific issues in body esteem using a four point Likert-type scale. The data demonstrated that the body esteem of the participants was commonly affected by physical disability. It also suggested that feedback from the social environment is a likely mediator of body esteem. Suggestions for future research and implications for clinicians are discussed.

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Journal

Sexuality and disability

Volume

19

Issue

4

Pagination

293 - 308

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0146-1044

eISSN

1573-6717

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Human Sciences Press, Inc.

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