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J Pediatr Psychol. 1993 Jun;18(3):389-96.

Goal-directed behavior and perception of self-competence in children with spina bifida.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston 77030.


Compared a group of school-age children with spina bifida (n = 15) between the ages of 6 and 12 years with an age- and IQ-matched control group of normal children (n = 15). As predicted, the spina bifida children spent less time using goal-directed behaviors and more time in simple manipulation of the toys compared to the normal children. There were no group differences between the spina bifida and normal children's perceived competence but parents of the spina bifida children rated their children as having lower cognitive and physical competence. Associations were found between goal-directed behaviors and perceived self-competence for children in the spina bifida group but not the normal group.

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