Quality of Life Research

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 415–423

Self-perceived quality of life of children and adolescents with physical disabilities in Hong Kong

  • Susanna M. K. Chow
  • Sing Kai Lo
  • Robert A. Cummins


Although illnesses and diseases are thought to adversely affect quality of life (QoL), whether children who have physical disabilities (PD) from a young age adapt to the effect of developmental disabilities has rarely been investigated. This study attempted to assess the subjective wellbeing, and examine the correlation between objective and subjective QoL, of children with PD. Using a self-reported non-disease-specific questionnaire, the QoL of 72 young persons (13.5 ± 2.0 years) with PD was contrasted with those who do not have disabilities (n=510; age-matched). MANOVA analyses revealed that the PD group had lower objective QoL score (63.0 ± 7.4 vs. 66.8 ± 5.7, p > 0.001) but the two groups were not significantly different in subjective QoL score (70.9 ± 11.4 vs. 69.6 ± 13.6, p=0.466). No correlation was found between objective and subjective QoL in the PD group (r ranged from 0.06 to 0.19), while weak to medium correlations (r ranged from 0.03 to 0.41) were observed for the controls. The apparent detachment of subjective feeling and objective circumstances in the PD group may reflect adjustment to developmental disabilities.


Children Objective quality of life Physical disability Subjective quality of life 



Comprehensive Quality of Life Scale


physical disability


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna M. K. Chow
    • 1
  • Sing Kai Lo
    • 2
  • Robert A. Cummins
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina
  2. 2.The George Institute for International HealthUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of PsychologyDeakin UniversityAustralia

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