Cerebral palsy is a life-long condition that affects motor skills and can cause pain, fatigue, and sleep difficulties. A new study details how people with CP who are entering young adulthood fare mentally and physically compared to abled people. Cerebral Palsy News Today reported on the study.
Many people with CP report that they have a lower health-related quality of life, meaning they have problems with fatigue, pain, and health related to their condition. There hasn’t been a study specifically on young adults about this and that’s what the researchers wanted to examine.
61 adults from ages 20-22 were questioned for the study. Overall, the quality of life for the whole group matched the quality of life of abled people in the same age range, though scores for the physical portions of the testing were lower as expected.
However, something interesting emerged when people of different levels of disability were compared. High-functioning people with CP had a statistically significant lower mental health score compared to low-functioning people with CP.
The researchers believe that this is because people with “mild” impairments may compare themselves more to those without disabilities.
Further details about the study and the different things measured can be found in the original link above.