[Perceived self-image in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: an integrative review of the literature]

Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2014 Aug;48(4):748-58. doi: 10.1590/s0080-623420140000400024.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: To learn about the experiences of adolescents diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis.

Method: Integrative review of the literature published within a specified time frame.

Results: For both sexes, the predominant clinical symptom of this condition appears to be the negative effect that the deformity exerts on perceived self-image. Quantitative studies used numerical scores to assess perceptions of body image but did not analyse emotional aspects. Patients treated surgically were found to have a better self-image than patients treated with a brace. Quality of life was improved by a reduction in the magnitude of the curve.

Conclusion: Spinal deformity exerts a psychological effect on adolescent girls.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scoliosis / psychology*
  • Self Concept*