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The horribles and the miserables: exploring the relationship between media exposure and self-concept of those with physical disabilities

1 January 2016


This exploratory study was an examination of the relationship between television exposure and the self-concept of people with physical disabilities. Using an internet-based survey, it was found that people within the study sample who have physical disabilities had lower Physical self-concept scores than people who do not have a physical disability. Differences in self-concept scores were also found between groups with congenital and acquired physical disabilities, and between those with visible and invisible disabilities. It was also found that those with visible physical disability who viewed adult content had lower self-concept scores than individuals with an acquired, congenital, or invisible disability and those without a physical disability.


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