The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of physical disabilities (PD) on the quality of life (QoL) of adolescents aged from 10 to 18 years. Sixty-three adolescents with PD (aged 14.9 ± 2.4 years) from primary (5th grade or above) to high schools in Kaohsiung City volunteered to participate in this research; 282 children without disability (aged 13.8 ± 2.3 years) attending schools in the same geographical region were recruited as controls. The Student Version of the Comprehensive Quality of Life Scale was used in this study. This is a multidimensional self-report, global measure of subjective and objective QoL. Multivariate analysis of variance revealed that the two groups were significantly different in objective QoL (F = 11.53, p < 0.001). Material wellbeing was substantially lower in the PD group when compared to the control group. In contrast, domains such as productivity, safety, and emotion were higher in the PD group. Among the subjective scales, the PD group showed higher productivity and better emotion when compared to the control group. No significant correlation was observed between objective and subjective overall QoL scores (r = 0.20, p = 0.12) in the PD group. These findings showed that subjects with PD in regular schools demonstrated different patterns in objective and subjective QoL when compared to those without PD. Both subjective and objective domains are important when measuring QoL of adolescents with PD. Copyright © 2006 Elsevier. All rights reserved.
CitationJu, Y.-H., Lee, S.-J., Lo, S. K., Wang, H.-Y., Chu, H.-C., & Lin, J.-H. (2006). Self-perceived quality of life for adolescents with physical disabilities: A preliminary study. The Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, 22(6), 271-276. doi: 10.1016/S1607-551X(09)70311-0
- Physical disabilities
- Quality of life
- Alt. title: 肢體障礙青少年自覺生活品質之初步研究