Effect of Age-of-Disability-Onset on Self-Esteem and Anxiety in Wheelchair-Bound Individuals

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Anxiety and self-esteem of 105 wheelchair-bound persons, distributed over four age-of-disability-onset groups, were assessed by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Self-Esteem Inventory. Significantly higher levels of trait anxiety and lower levels of self-esteem were found in the earliest disability-onset group. The effect of age-of-onset- was nonlinear, however, with the highest age-of-onset group also showing decreased self-esteem and increased anxiety.

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