Emotional indicators in young patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis: A study through the drawing of Human Figure

Elisabetta D'Agata, Manuel Rigo, Carles Pérez-Testor, Casanovas C. Puigví, Carmina Castellano-Tejedor

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Abstract

Background: Investigating Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL) is considered determinant in patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) in clinical as in research field. The aim of the present study is to explore the most relevant aspects of personality of the patients with AIS and its relationship with HRQL. Method: 50 patients (mean age = 16 years) were given a socio-demographic data questionnaire, the Human Figure Drawing (HFD) and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) -22. Results: In Subtotal SRS-22, patients presented a mean value of 3.9. In HFD, half of these patients presented physical and/or emotional tensions with reference to the shoulders and almost all of them did not show any expression of aggressiveness. No relationship between personality and HRQL was confirmed. The older the patients were, the more body tension was discovered as well as the more concerns about their bodies they showed to have. There was also a correlation between growing old and a decreasing in Mental Health. Previous conservative treatment did not show any impact on personality or on HRQL. Conclusions: Patients with AIS suffer stress and general concern more frequently with the increase of age. We suggest an appropriate supportive treatment for this type of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Number of pages7
JournalScoliosis
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2014

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