Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Counseling and Human Development
Howard B. Smith
The self-concepts of physically disabled children and adolescents attending and residing at schools for the physically disabled were measured using the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. scores in total self-concept and six self-concept facets derived from this assessment were compared to corresponding scores of the normative sample used to standardize the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. Additionally, the influence of gender, race, and age within the physically disabled sample were investigated. The presence of a physical disability did not significantly affect self-concept. However, physically disabled youth indicated more acceptance of their physical characteristics and higher anxiety when compared to the nondisabled group. With regard to the influences of gender, race, and age, results indicated that when compared to the nondisabled group, physically disabled males and physically disabled 15-18 year olds were more highly anxious and that physically disabled Caucasians exhibited more acceptance of their physical characteristics.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Self-perception in children
Self-perception in adolescence
Children with disabilities -- Psychology
Teenagers with disabilities -- Psychology
South Dakota State University
Friederichs, Marie Grace, "The Effect of Physical Disabilities on Child and Adolescent Self-Concept" (1994). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 82.