Questionnaires Measuring the Physical Self Children: A Review

Christina Sypsa & Johan Simons

Department Rehabilitation Sciences, FaBeR, KULeuven, Tervuursevest 101, B 3001 Heverlee


Maintaining a good physical self esteem is a protective factor in children’s development, while negative scores of it indicate different kinds of problems (e.g. depression, eating disorders). In this review several properties of the questionnaires that measure the above notion and its components are discussed. The search of this kind of assessment tools for children’s physical self was limited to the last 15 years. From the literature 15 results were found to adhere to the criteria set in the first place, with 11 of them to measure the different aspects of physical self separately (mainly body image) and 4 of them to evaluate the concept more totally. The paper focuses on a short description and categorization of the tests detected and a narrowing to the instruments that approach physical self in a more integrative way.


physical self-concept, physical self-esteem, body image, children, questionnaires, review

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