Factores que promovem o desempenho escolar em pessoas com limitação visual
: o papel da imagem corporal, auto-estima e auto-conceito

  • Susana Gonçalves Mota (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The visually impaired student is confronted with various difficulties in their daily lives and challenges to their development and learning in the school context. In this paper, we focus on the school context in order to understand the effect of psychological variables, including self-concept, self-esteem and body image, with this group. Studies suggest that students with visual impairment achieve academic success and knowledge acquisition, when included in inclusive school and taking advantage of available resources. The same shall apply to self-esteem, self-concept and body image. Students with visual limitations have generally good levels of self-esteem, self-concept and body image. Thus, this study seeks to analyze, in our context, if body image, self-esteem and self-concept are related to academic performance of students with visual impairment. The sample consists of 21 students, between 12 and 18 years, being 12 males and 9 females. The results show that there is a positive relationship between self-concept and academic performance of students with visual limitations, which means that, the higher the self-esteem and self-concept, the greater the chance of school success.
Date of Award6 Feb 2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPaulo César Dias (Supervisor)


  • Visual impairment
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-concept
  • Body image
  • School performance


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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