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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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POLO SANCHEZ, María Tamara  and  LOPEZ-JUSTICIA, María Dolores. Self-concept of university students with visual, hearing or motor disability. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.44, n.2, pp.87-98. ISSN 0120-0534.

The purpose of this study was to analyze the self-concept of university students with visual, hearing or motor disability, as compared to students without such disabilities, and also to explore any differences that may exist depending on the type of disability and on gender. The sample was comprised of 102 students, 51 with disability and 51 without, who are enrolled in different degree programs at the University of Granada. The measures included the AF5 self-concept scale by García & Musitu (2001) and a questionnaire about sociodemographic variables. Different multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA) were performed, showing that students with disability had a lower academic and emotional self-concept, although no differences were found with regard to the type of disability. Differences were also found between the genders in the emotional dimension when the group was taken as a whole, but these differences were not associated with the disability. The lower self-concept of the young people in the two afore mentioned spheres is worrying, given the repercussion it may have in students' personal and academic lives and performance, and should thus be taken into consideration by professionals working with disabled students.

Keywords : self-concept; college students; disability; gender.

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