Self-concept and satisfaction with physical appearance in youth with and without oral clefts

Keith J. Slifer, Melissa Beck, Adrianna Amari, Tanya Diver, Lisa Hilley, Alana Kane, Sharon McDonnell

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Abstract

This study investigated relationships between child/parent dissatisfaction with child facial appearance and the self-concept/social competence of 8- to 15-year-old children with (N = 34) and without (N = 34) oral clefts. Children in both groups had normative psychosocial adjustment, but also reported moderate dissatisfaction with facial appearance. Cleft group parents were more likely to agree with their child's dissatisfaction. When cleft group parents were more dissatisfied with child facial appearance, their children reported better quality of life. Results suggest that parents of children with clefts reporting greater dissatisfaction may respond in positive ways that enhance quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-101
Number of pages21
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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