Psychological distress and investment in one's appearance in patients with pemphigus

E. Mazzotti, A. Mozzetta, V. Antinone, S. Alfani, G. Cianchini, D. Abeni

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Background Pemphigus vulgaris is a chronic disease not currently curable. Physical involvement and the impact of chronic therapies can lead patients to changes in psychological and relational areas. Objectives To provide a measure of psychological distress, dysfunctional investment in one's appearance, and their relationship. Methods Self-administered questionnaires (ASI, HADS) were given to 74 pemphigus inpatients. Results Strong associations between psychological distress and dysfunctional investment in one's appearance were observed [adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 7.36, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 1.20-45.11; OR 5.38, 95% CI 0.81-35.87, respectively, for appearance stereotyping and body-image vulnerability], together with a perceived high disease severity (OR 6.03, 95% CI 1.90-23.46). Conclusions Our results are compatible with the idea that some forms of psychological distress could be in part due to one's perception of his/her own body image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-289
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • body image
  • pemphigus
  • physical appearance
  • psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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