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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Nov;59(5):746-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.07.013.

Self-esteem and body satisfaction among late adolescents with acne: results from a population survey.

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Institute of General Practice and Community Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. fdalgard@jbcc.harvard.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The association of acne and self-evaluation is barely explored among late adolescents in the general population.

OBJECTIVE:

We sought to explore self-esteem, body satisfaction, and acne among 18-year-old young adults at a community level.

METHODS:

We conducted a questionnaire-based survey among 3775 late adolescents.

RESULTS:

Our response rate was 80%. The prevalence of acne was 13.5%. Girls and boys with acne had significantly more depressive symptoms, lower self-attitude, more feelings of uselessness, fewer feelings of pride, lower self-worth, and lower body satisfaction than those without acne. In a regression model adjusting for body mass index and depressive symptoms, acne explained significantly poor self-attitude for boys only (odds ratio 2.07 [confidence interval 1.10; 3.88]) and poor self-worth for girls only (odds ratio 1.88 [confidence interval 1.23; 2.88]).

LIMITATIONS:

Not all items of the self-esteem instrument were included.

CONCLUSIONS:

At age 18 years, acne is related to self-evaluation independent of body mass index and depressive symptoms.

PMID:
19119094
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2008.07.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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