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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

The Relationship Between Self-Esteem of Myopic Children and Ocular and Demographic Characteristics

AUTHOR:

Dias, L., Manny, R.E., Hyman, L., Fern, K. and COMET GROUP

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2002

PUBLICATION:

Optometry and Vision Science

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to assess self-esteem and its relationship with various ocular and demographic characteristics in myopic children.

  • A total of 469 children aged 6 to 11 years were recruited for COMET between September 1997 and September 1998.

  • 2% of the study participants were diagnosed with myopia.

  • COMET children’s mean self-esteem scores ranged from 2.72 ± 0.69 for athletic competence to 3.36 ± 0.56 for global self-worth.

  • Less symptomatic children had higher self-esteem in all areas (p < 0.05), except athletic competence.

  • Self-esteem varied significantly by age, gender, and ethnicity (p < 0.05).

  • There is a correlation between self-esteem and visual symptoms, age, gender, and ethnicity, but not with magnitude of refractive error.

This article was identified as a reference for a VII-commissioned systematic review on the Impact of URE on Children.