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Acta Derm Venereol. 2012 Sep;92(5):462-6. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1374.

Atopic dermatitis, attachment and partnership: a psychodermatological case-control study of adult patients.

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Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Giessen, Germany.


Adult patients with atopic dermatitis were examined from a psychodermatological perspective with respect to attachment attitudes and satisfaction with partnerships. In addition, the correlation between these variables and skin symptoms, as well as the skin-specific quality of life, was also studied. A total of 62 adult patients with atopic dermatitis were compared with a parallel control group with healthy skin (n = 62). There were significant correlations between the patients' attachment characteristics on the one hand and the detriment to skin-specific quality of life on the other. In contrast, partnership satisfaction was not as severely impaired as expected; however, it showed significant correlations with attachment attitudes.

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