Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 397–407

Psychological adjustment of adolescents with myelodysplasia

  • Mary M. Campbell
  • Patricia W. Hayden
  • Sandra L. H. Davenport

DOI: 10.1007/BF02139241

Cite this article as:
Campbell, M.M., Hayden, P.W. & Davenport, S.L.H. J Youth Adolescence (1977) 6: 397. doi:10.1007/BF02139241


The psychosocial development of 20 adolescents with congenital paralysis due to myelodysplasia is compared to 20 age- and gender-matched subjects with no physical handicap. On many of the measures the myelodysplasia group showed poorer adjustment and lower self-esteem than the controls. Consistent with hypotheses regarding adjustment during adolescence the paralyzed males did show greater concern on Offer's scales of Body and Self-Image and External Mastery and showed poorer adjustment on his Sexual Attitudes Scale. The paralyzed girls, particularly those 13 years or younger, showed the poorest emotional adjustment with a significant variability in responses on many of the tests. This degree of variability may indicate a lack of integration of self-concepts and is consistent with an emotional immaturity discordant with advanced physiologic maturation of these girls.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary M. Campbell
    • 1
  • Patricia W. Hayden
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sandra L. H. Davenport
    • 4
  1. 1.Adolescent ClinicChild Development and Retardation CenterSeattle
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of WashingtonSeattle
  3. 3.Birth Defects Clinic at Children's Orthopedic HospitalSeattle
  4. 4.Abnormal Biologic DevelopmentUniversity of WashingtonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Pediatrics (RD20)University of WashingtonSeattle