This article reports on a study of self-esteem and empathy among 46 children and adolescents with visual impairments that were recruited from various regions in Greece. Although self-esteem and empathy are important components for any child’s development, we have not been able to identify a conclusive body of literature that investigate the variables that affect the self-esteem and empathy of children and adolescents with visual impairments (Griffin-Shirley and Nes, 2005). There is a considerable disagreement among researchers as to whether self-esteem and empathy of individuals who are blind or have low-vision differs from that of the sighted (Warren, 1994; Tuttle and Tuttle, 2004; Lifsitz, et al., 2007). The present inquiry concentrates on individuals who are blind or have low vision, and on the variables that affect their self-esteem and empathy. The visually impaired adolescents were assessed using a self-report questionnaire based on the self-esteem inventory questionnaire by Coopersmith (1987) and on the empathy index for children and adolescents by Bryant (1982). Our main concern is to critically analyse the findings from the present study and compare them with the findings from other researchers that will provide a new perspective and enrich our understanding of these issues (Andreou, 2011).
|Keywords:||Visual Impairments, Self-esteem, Empathy, Inclusion|
Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece
School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK, Larnaka, Cyprus