Spectacles, Contact Lenses, and Children's Self-Concepts: A Longitudinal Study
Terry, R.L., Soni, P.S. and Horner, D.G.
Optometry and Vision Science
The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological effects of replacing spectacles with contact lenses.
This was a longitudinal study with a sample of 125 children aged 10 to 13 years old.
There were 45 girls and 24 boys in the contact lenses group, and 23 girls and 33 boys in the spectacles group.
Although the contact lenses group (mean = 0.158) had slightly higher overall self-concept scores throughout the study than spectacles group (mean = 0.842 ± 0.181, the difference was not significant (F 1, 123 = 0.89, p = 0.35).
The high Myopia group has a mean overall self-concept score of 0.827 ± 0.183, and the low Myopia group had a mean overall self-concept score of 0.876 ± 0.148.
Myopia and length of time were correlated with each other (r = ─ 0.326, F1.123 = 14.59, p < 0.001).
The more myopic participants had lower self-concepts than the less myopic children.
This article was identified as a reference for a VII-commissioned systematic review on the Impact of URE on Children.