Enhancing self-esteem in women with physical disabilities

Rosemary B. Hughes, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Heather B. Taylor, Nancy Swedlund, Margaret A. Nosek

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Objective: To determine the efficacy of a 6-week self-esteem group intervention for women with disabilities. Design: Random assignment to either center for independent living (CIL) services or CIL services plus a self-esteem intervention, with pre- and posttest. Participants: Women with physical disabilities (N = 102, 51 per group). Setting: Five CILs in 5 different states. Outcome measures: Self-esteem, self-efficacy, social connectedness, and depression. Results: Participants in the intervention group showed significantly greater improvement on self-esteem (effect sizes [ES] = .88 and .81), self-efficacy (ES = .60), and depression (ES = .59). Groups did not differ significantly on social connectedness (ES = .32). Conclusion: Women with physical disabilities may benefit from a self-esteem group intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-302
Number of pages8
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2004


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