Gender difference in self-esteem of Hong Kong Chinese with cardiac diseases

J. Y.Y. Ng, S. F. Tam, Wai Kwong Man, L. C. Cheng, S. W. Chiu

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Self-esteem is an indicator of a person's subjective quality of life due to its close relationship to a person's behavioural competence, positive self-experience, and sense of self-actualization. The present study aimed to investigate the basis of self-esteem in people with cardiac diseases, according to gender, after their cardiac surgery. The findings showed that there were prominent gender differences in the subjects' self-esteem. Women (aged < 60) showed statistically significant higher ratings in the importance of 11 life events importance and the satisfaction of three life events than men. The study also found cultural uniqueness Hong Kong Chinese (both men and women) with cardiac diseases generally indicated that social (interpersonal) self-concept dimensions were more important than achievement (personal) self-concept dimensions in their life perception. These findings are noteworthy for setting optimum goals of rehabilitation apart from return to work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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