Quality of life and self-esteem of persons with paraplegia living in SA o pound Paulo, Brazil

Quality of life and self-esteem of persons with paraplegia living in SA o pound Paulo, Brazil

Author Blanes, Leila Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Carmagnani, Maria Isabel S. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ferreira, Lydia M. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract To evaluate the quality of life (QoL) and self-esteem of paraplegic persons.The sample consisted of 60 outpatients with traumatic paraplegia living in SA o pound Paulo, Brazil, from whom clinical and demographic data were obtained. QoL was assessed by the 36-item Short-Form (SF-36) health survey questionnaire, and self-esteem was measured by Rosenberg's Self-Esteem (RSE) scale. Statistical analysis was performed using Student's t-test, analysis of variance and Fisher's least significant difference (LSD) test at a significance level of 5%.Participants were predominately men (86.7%) with a mean age of 32.9 (standard deviation [SD] = 9.47) years, low education level and low income. the SF-36 dimensions that received the lowest scores were physical functioning, role physical and role emotional. Cronbach's alpha for the SF-36 questionnaire was 0.80. A significant statistical difference was found between the presence of pressure ulcers and low scores on mental health (P = 0.001), as determined by Student's t-test. the mean self-esteem score was 8.35 and there was a significant statistical difference between low self-esteem scores and occupation (P = 0.008).Participants reported low QoL and self-esteem. the results provide background information that may be useful in the development of strategies to reduce the impact of spinal cord injury (SCI) on the life and health of persons with SCI, improving their QoL.
Keywords Self-esteem
Paraplegia
Quality of life
Spinal cord
Language English
Sponsor Brazilian Foundation
Date 2009-02-01
Published in Quality of Life Research. Dordrecht: Springer, v. 18, n. 1, p. 15-21, 2009.
ISSN 0962-9343 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Springer
Extent 15-21
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11136-008-9411-9
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000263025600003
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/31283

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