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Effect of amblyopia on self-esteem in children

Webber, Ann L., Wood, Joanne M., Gole, Glen A. , & Brown, Brian (2008) Effect of amblyopia on self-esteem in children. Optometry and Vision Science, 85(11), pp. 1074-1081.

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Abstract

Purpose: In an investigation of the psychosocial impact of amblyopia on children, the perceived self-esteem of children who had been treated for amblyopia was compared with that of age-matched controls. The influence of amblyopia condition or treatment factors that may impact self-perception scores was also explored.----- Methods: Children with a history of treatment for amblyopia (n = 47; age 9.2 +/- 1.3 years) and age-matched controls (n = 52; age 9.4 +/- 0.5 years) completed a standardized age-appropriate questionnaire based evaluation of perceived self-esteem (Harter Self Perception Profile for Children). Their vision characteristics and treatment regimen were also recorded. Bivariate correlation analysis was used to investigate the amblyopic characteristics and treatment factors that may have influenced self-perception scores in the amblyopic group.----- Results: Children treated for amblyopia had significantly lower social acceptance scores than age-matched control children. In other areas related to self-esteem, including scholastic competence, physical appearance, athletic competence, behavioral conduct and global self worth, amblyopic children gave scores similar to those of control children. Within the amblyopic group, a lower social acceptance score was significantly correlated with a history of treatment with patching but not with a history of strabismus or wearing of glasses.----- Conclusions. Self-perception of social acceptance was lower in children treated for amblyopia compared with agematched controls. A reduction in these scores was associated with a history of patching treatment but not with a history of strabismus or spectacle wear.

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ID Code: 20173
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2008 American Academy of Optometry
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Keywords: Amblyopia, Strabismus, Self-esteem, Psychosocial
ISSN: 1040-5488
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Deposited On: 12 May 2009 15:27
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 10:13

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