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Profile of handicap situations in children with cerebral palsy

Lepage C, Noreau L, Bernard PM, Fougeyrollas P
Rehabilitation Institute of Quebec City, Canada
DOI: 10.1080/165019779830263272


The purposes of this study were to establish a profile of handicap situations in children with cerebral palsy and to identify some variables associated with the occurrence of these situations. Ninety-eight children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (mean age +/- 1 SD, 10.5 +/- 3.5 years) were recruited on a voluntary basis. The Life Habits Assessment (LIFE-H, version 1.0) was used to measure the degree of accomplishment in 12 categories of life situations (activities of daily living and social roles). Significant disruptions in the accomplishment of all life habit categories were revealed. The highest disruptions were observed in the following categories: recreation, community, personal care, education, mobility, housing and nutrition. Disruption progressed significantly with increased severity of cerebral palsy. Impairment type, severity, speech and language disorders, and comprehension difficulties explained a high percentage of the total variance (> 60%) in the accomplishment of life habits. The results suggest that life habits related to school and social integration are greatly disturbed.

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