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Self-esteem in a clinical sample of morbidly obese children and adolescents
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2009 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 98, no 1, 153-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim: To study self-esteem in clinical sample of obese children and adolescents.

Methods: Obese children and adolescents aged 8–19 years (n = 107, mean age 13.2 years, mean BMI 32.5 [range 22.3–50.6], mean BMI z-score 3.22 [range 2.19–4.79]; 50 boys and 57 girls) were referred for treatment of primary obesity. Self-esteem was measured with a validated psychological test with five subscales: physical characteristics, talents and skills, psychological well-being, relations with the family and relations with others. A linear mixed effect model used the factors gender and adolescence group, and the continuous covariates: BMI z-scores, and BMI for the parents as fixed effects and subjects as random effects.

Results: Age and gender, but neither the child’s BMI z-score nor the BMI of the parents were significant covariates. Self-esteem decreased (p < 0.01) with age on the global scale as well as on the subscales, and was below the normal level in higher ages in both genders. Girls had significantly lower self-esteem on the global scale (p = 0.04) and on the two subscales physical characteristics (p < 0.01) and psychological well-being (p < 0.01).

Conclusion: Self-esteem is lower in girls and decreases with age. In treatment settings special attention should be paid to adolescent girls.

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2009. Vol. 98, no 1, 153-158 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281425DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.01061.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-281425DiVA: diva2:914218
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