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Relationship between Self-Esteem and Social Anxiety among Physically Handicapped People

Volume 9, Issue 2, September 2014, Pages 307–316

 Relationship between Self-Esteem and Social Anxiety among Physically Handicapped People

Sbahat Liaqat1 and Muhammad Akram2

1 M.Phil Scholar, Department of Applied Psychology, B.Z. University Multan, Pakistan
2 Lecturer of Psychology, Govt. Postgraduate College Vehari, Pakistan

Original language: English

Received 19 July 2014

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study is aimed to investigate the relationship and gender differences between self-esteem and social anxiety in physically handicapped people. The sample consists of 150 disables (75 males, 75 females) taken from Government schools for special learners and other vocational training institutes from 3 cities of Southern Punjab, Rahim-yar-khan, Bahawalpur, Multan through purposive sampling technique. Age of participants ranged 18-25 years. Rosenberg Self-esteem scale (Rosenberg, 1965) and Leibowitz social anxiety scale (Liebowitz,1987), were applied to access self-esteem and social anxiety of participants. Statistical analysis was done through SPSS, Pearson product-moment correlation co-efficient and independent sample t-test was applied for evaluation of results. Results indicates that self-esteem is negatively correlated with social anxiety (r = -.321**, p=.000) in physically handicapped. The findings of result showed that physically handicapped women have low self-esteem as compare to men [t= 7.720 (0.000), p< 0.05]. The findings also showed that physically handicapped female experienced high levels of social anxiety as compared to male [t= -8.094(0.000), df= 148, p<0.05].

Author Keywords: Self-Esteem, Social Anxiety, Physically Handicapping.

How to Cite this Article

Sbahat Liaqat and Muhammad Akram, “Relationship between Self-Esteem and Social Anxiety among Physically Handicapped People,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 307–316, September 2014.