Mother-Child Communication in Situation of Congenital Blindness and the Construction of Body Image

Authors : Awouma Julienne; Song Esaïe Frédéric; Ajeagah Gideon

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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The aim of this study was to analyze mother- child communication and the construction of body image in children with congenital blindness. Children with congenital blindness have difficulties establishing satisfactory interactions with their mothers because the lack of visual contact disturbs the communication that can be established between mother and child. Similarly, these disturbed early interactions often go hand in hand with behavioral and developmental abnormalities. It is therefore necessary for the mother to organize herself psychologically to cope with this situation in order to facilitate the construction of the child's body image and personal identity. Simple linear regression analysis of our sample of 6 congenitally blind children using the attachment inventory and self-esteem tests showed that communication has a positive and significant effect on the general construction of body image, meaning that the quality of mother-child communication contributes to the construction of body image in congenitally blind children. This result shows the need to take care of the mother-child as soon as the diagnosis of blindness is announced, given the psychological suffering of the mother confronted with her child's congenital blindness.

Keywords : Communication, Body Image, Congenital Blindness, Self-Esteem.


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