The Relationship Between Self-Esteem of Myopic Children and Ocular and Demographic Characteristics
Dias, L., Manny, R.E., Hyman, L., Fern, K. and COMET GROUP
Optometry and Vision Science
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.