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Not just 'skin deep': Psychosocial effects of dermatological-related social anxiety in a sample of acne patients


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Loney, T., Standage, M. and Lewis, S., 2008. Not just 'skin deep': Psychosocial effects of dermatological-related social anxiety in a sample of acne patients. Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (1), pp. 47-54.

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Abstract

This study examined links between anxiety pertaining to having one's skin evaluated by others and intention to participate in sport/exercise, general self-esteem and dermatological quality of life. Data assessing dermatological-related social anxiety, perceived acne severity, intention to participate in sport/exercise, self-esteem and dermatological quality of life were obtained from 50 acne patients. Results showed dermatological-related social anxiety to be negatively associated with intention to participate in sport/exercise, self-esteem and dermatological quality of life. The relationship between patient-rated acne severity and outcome variables was found to be partially mediated by reported levels of dermatological-related social anxiety. The current findings suggest that how one perceives their skin to be evaluated by others has implications for self-perceptions and may act as a barrier to sport/exercise participation.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsLoney, T., Standage, M. and Lewis, S.
DOI10.1177/1359105307084311
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code6218

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