Physical status and psychosocial adjustment in children with spina bifida. Academic Article uri icon


  • Investigated the relationship between the physical status and psychosocial adjustment of chronically physically handicapped children. The status of 61 children with spina bifida regarding six specific disease or disability parameters was determined from medical charts. Their mothers completed the Child Behavior Checklist as a measure of the children's psychosocial adjustment. Children with spina bifida were reported to display on the average significantly more behavior and social competence problems than expected for children in general. However, children with differing degrees of physical problems and disability did not differ significantly in their psychosocial adjustment. The general lack of relationship between physical status and adjustment as it relates to a conceptual model guiding this research is discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wallander, J. L., Feldman, W. S., & Varni, J. W.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Wallander, JL||Feldman, WS||Varni, JW

publication date

  • January 1989