Quality of life and its influencing factors among physically disabled teenagers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shamsul Azhar Shah, Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, K. Muholan, H. Noor Zaiha, W. C. Ang, F. S. Sei, M. H. Zulfadli, A. R. Nurul Husna, Azimatun Noor Aizuddin, Rozita Hod, Nazarudin Safian

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted from December 2009 till May 2010 to determine the quality of life and factors influencing it among physically disabled teenagers. Data were collected from 59 physically disabled teenagers using guided questionnaire Short Form 36 (SF-36) and General Health Questionnaires 12 (GHQ 12). Quality of life among physically disabled teenagers is low for most domains of SF-36 as compared to the general Malaysian population. There was significant difference in quality of life among different races (mental health domain) and among different educational level and type of disability (physical functioning domain). There was no significant association between general health domain and other variables. Higher satisfaction in house, school and recreational environment showed a better quality of life. Higher stress level had a lower quality of life. Lack of disabled friendly environment at home, school and recreational places probably contribute to their quality of life. Schools and public places should have more disabled friendly facilities to improve independency and accessibility. Better education and training will increase their independence and enhance self-confidence. More attention and support at this age is important for them to develop interpersonal skills and character for their future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Disabled Persons
Quality of Life
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Mental Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
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Population

Keywords

  • Life
  • Physically disabled
  • Quality
  • Teenagers

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Quality of life and its influencing factors among physically disabled teenagers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. / Shah, Shamsul Azhar; Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat; Muholan, K.; Noor Zaiha, H.; Ang, W. C.; Sei, F. S.; Zulfadli, M. H.; Nurul Husna, A. R.; Aizuddin, Azimatun Noor; Hod, Rozita; Safian, Nazarudin.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2013.

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