Research - Dermatology/Skin Disorders

Do people avoid sitting next to someone who is facially disfigured?

Vicky Houston and Ray Bull (1994). European Journal of Social Psychology; 24, 2: 279–284.

The authors observed travelers on a suburban railway significantly avoiding sitting next to fellow travelers who had a facial port-wine stain. The researchers concluded that reported perceptions of people with facial differences that they are stigmatized is real.  Read abstract here.

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Burden of Disease: The Psychosocial Impact of Rosacea on a Patient’s Quality of Life

Huynh, TT (2013.) American Health & Drug Benefits: 6(6)348-354.

Note: The author is a contract medical writer for Galderma Laboratories, LP,
Fort Worth, TX.
The facial skin manifestations of rosacea have significant implications on patients’ well-being and social and emotional health. The author explores the self-perception of disease manifestations and how the disease manifests, along with medical treatment. Read article here. 

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Self-concept, stigma and quality of life in chronic schizophrenia and chronic skin disorders: A comparative study

Rai, A., Khess, CR., Bhatacharjee, D., Gupta, AK., Koushal, V. (2014.) Delhi Psychiatry Journal;19(1)65-73.

People with schizophrenia experience greater levels of stigma, lower levels of self concept, and lower quality of life compared to people with chronic skin conditions. Read article here. 

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Skin disease and stigma in emerging adulthood: impact on healthy development

Roosta, N., Black DS., Peng, D., and Riley, LW (2010.) Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 14(6):285-90.
The authors surveyed California college students about their perceptions of being stigmatized due to acne and eczema. Read abstract here.

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Stigma experience in skin disorders: an Indian perspective

Chaturvedi SK, Singh G, Gupta N, (2005.) Dermatologic Clinics;23(4):635-42
Social stigma toward dermatologic disorders in the Indian society is quite widespread, especially toward leprosy. Dermatologists are expected to consider quality of life issues along with social aspects, nature of disorder, efficacy, and tolerability of various therapeutic options to optimize relief and comfort to their patient. Read abstract here.

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Cutaneous body image dissatisfaction and suicidal ideation: Mediation by interpersonal sensitivity

Gupta, MA, Gupta, AK (2013.) Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75(1) 55 – 59.
Suicidal ideation is greater among people who are unhappy with their skin and experience perceptions of related stigmatization and social exclusion. Interpersonal sensitivity (IS), a symptom dimension related to self-consciousness, feelings of inferiority and social exclusion, mediates this effect. Read abstract here. 

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