What your patient might ask you…

Will my amblyopic child have any long-term social issues?

A research team wondered, how does amblyopia influence self-perception in children ages 8 to 13 years?

The study details:
The study included 81 children between the ages of 8-13. Fifty of them had amblyopia, 13 had no amblyopia but had strabismus or anisometropia, and the rest were controls. The authors asked the children to evaluate themselves on their competency in different areas. To do this, they used a self-perception profile.

What exactly is the self-perception profile?
It asks questions relating to five specific domains: scholastic competence, social competence, athletic competence, physical appearance, and behavioral conduct. A sixth domain evaluates the child’s overall sense of their worth as a person.

What did they find?
They found children with amblyopia had significantly lower scholastic, social, and athletic competence scores than control children.

The take home: Amblyopia influences self-perception in children, especially the self-perception of scholastic, social, and athletic competence.

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