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The individual health burden of acne: Appearance-related distress in male and female adolescents and adults with back, chest and facial acne

HASSAN, Judith and GROGAN, Sarah and CLARK-CARTER, David and RICHARDS, Helen and YATES, Victoria (2009) The individual health burden of acne: Appearance-related distress in male and female adolescents and adults with back, chest and facial acne. Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (8). pp. 1105-1118. ISSN 10.1177/1359105309342470

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Abstract or description

This study examined appearancerelated
distress in patients with acne.
One hundred and thirty-two people
attending a specialist acne clinic
completed questionnaires including
the Derriford Appearance Scale and
three self-rated acne scales covering
more (facial) and less visible (chest,
back) acne sites. Women with acne
demonstrated greater selfconsciousness
of appearance and
negative self-concept than men.
Subjective rating of severity of facial
acne was significantly associated with
increased social self-consciousness in
women, but not in men. Back acne
was significantly associated with
sexual and bodily self-consciousness
of appearance in both men and
women. Patients 20 years and above
were significantly more likely to
suffer appearance-related distress than
16–19-year-olds. Although not a key
focus of this study, ethnicity was also
implicated in appearance concern
arising from acne.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Sarah GROGAN
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2013 19:53
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 19:16
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1239

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