Towards a Hierarchical Model of Self‐concept for Hong Kong Chinese Adults with Physical Disabilities

Alan S. F. Tam, David Watkins
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 30 Issue 1

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This paper explores the basic facets and structure of the self‐concepts of groups of 135 and 146 Hong Kong Chinese adults with and without physical disabilities, respectively. Comparison of responses to a 20‐item scale indicated a very similar pattern of the importance the individuals in these groups attached to these areas of their lives. However, the non‐disabled group did report higher satisfaction ratings on six of these areas and factor analysis of both the importance and satisfaction ratings showed a similar underlying factor structure for both groups. Content analysis of open‐ended questions confirmed that both groups shared similar self‐concept facets except that the subjects with physical disabilities most frequently reported the importance of “functional independence in daily living tasks”. It is proposed that this facet needs to be included in a self‐concept instrument appropriate for subjects with physical disabilities. Models of self‐concept were then suggested for each group.

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