The Design of the Paediatric Prosthesis: Assessment of Stigma-Inducing Factors in Primary School Children, Using a Questionnaire

  • Steven TruijenEmail author
  • Wim Saeys
  • Erik Haring
  • Hilde Feys
  • Emilie Meyvis
  • Anouche Van den Eynde
  • Kristof Vaes
  • Eric van Breda
  • Evi Schaerlaken
  • Stijn VerwulgenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 972)


This study is the first to examine prosthesis design and appearance in healthy children towards prosthesis for children using a questionnaire. 119 typically developing children between the age of seven and twelve years were included. Their reactions were evoked by priming them to several types of assistive devices. Most of the participants clearly preferred the electrical prosthesis, proving the uncanny valley is applicable to primary school children. The life-like prosthesis was chosen three times more in the girl group, in contrast with the boys who rather prefer the robotic prosthesis and the self-drafted prosthesis. As age increased, a shift was observed from appearance to functionality. Results can be used to minimize stigma and enhance compliance of assistive aids in children with an upper limb reduction.


Children Design Appearance Prosthesis Artificial device Assistive device Stigma Uncanny valley 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Truijen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wim Saeys
    • 1
  • Erik Haring
    • 3
  • Hilde Feys
    • 2
  • Emilie Meyvis
    • 2
  • Anouche Van den Eynde
    • 2
  • Kristof Vaes
    • 3
  • Eric van Breda
    • 1
  • Evi Schaerlaken
    • 1
  • Stijn Verwulgen
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department REVAKIUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of AntwerpLouvainBelgium
  3. 3.Department Product DevelopmentUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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