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Participation and health-related quality of life in adults with spastic bilateral cerebral palsy and the role of self-efficacy

Wilma M.A. van der Slot, Channah Nieuwenhuijsen, Rita J. van den Berg-Emons, Akkelies E. Wensink-Boonstra, Henk J. Stam, Marij E. Roebroeck, the Transition Research Group South West Netherlands
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0555


Objective: To assess participation and health-related quality of life in adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, and explore associations with self-efficacy.
Design: Cross-sectional study.
Subjects: A sample of 56 adults with bilateral spastic cere­bral palsy (mean age 36.4 (standard deviation 5.8) years; 62% male).
Methods: Daily activities and social participation (Life Habits 3.0), health-related quality of life (SF-36 Health Survey), demographic and clinical characteristics, and self-efficacy (General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES-12)) were assessed. Associations were studied using multivariate logistic regression analyses.
Results: At least 60% of the sample had difficulties with mobility, recreation and housing, and 44% had difficulty with personal care and employment. They perceived low health-related quality of life for physical functions, but not for mental functions. Corrected for demographic and clinical characteristics, general self-efficacy explained 49% of the variance in outcome on social participation, and the subscale Effort (GSES-12) 32% of the variance for the physical health-related quality of life and 16% of the mental health-related quality of life.
Conclusion: A significant number of adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy encountered difficulties in social participation and had a low perceived health-related quality of life for physical functions. Higher general self-efficacy or a greater willingness to expend effort in achieving behaviour was related to better participation and a higher physical and mental health-related quality of life.

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