Self-concept of primary-school-age children with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both

Cleft Palate J. 1986 Jan;23(1):24-7.


This study compared the self-concept of primary-school-age children (5 years to 9 years) with clefts to a control group on nonaffected peers. The children with clefts reported a significantly lower global self-concept. They perceived themselves as less socially adept and more frequently sad and angry than their peers. It is postulated that poor self-concept in primary-school-age children with clefts may be related to concerns with speech, appearance, differential parental expectations, or a combination of these variables.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cleft Lip / psychology*
  • Cleft Palate / psychology*
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Self Concept*
  • Self-Assessment
  • Social Behavior