The impact of visual impairments in self-esteem and locus of control

Konstantinos Papadopoulos, Anthony Montgomery, Elena Chronopoulou

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This study investigates the differences between adults with visual impairments and sighted adults with regard to locus of control (LOC) and self-esteem. One hundred and eight adults with visual impairments (blindness or low vision) and fifty-five sighted adults took part in this study. Sighted adults showed a higher score on the self-esteem scale than either the individuals with low vision or with blindness. Moreover, analysis indicated no significant differences amongst the three groups of participants regarding LOC. Significant predictors of self-esteem were vision status and age at loss of sight. Significant predictors of LOC were vision status and independent movement. Findings are discussed with regard to their implications for parents, social workers, teachers, and rehabilitation specialists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4565-4570
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number12
Early online date28 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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