Vitiligo and social acceptance
Received 7 September 2017
Accepted for publication 23 February 2018
Published 17 July 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 383—386
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Reza Bidaki,1 Niloofar Majidi,2 Amir Moghadam Ahmadi,3 Hamid Bakhshi,4 Rezvan Sadr Mohammadi,5 Seyed-Ali Mostafavi,6 Mohammad Kazemi Arababadi,7 Maryam Hadavi,8 Afshin Mirzaei9
1Research Center of Addiction and Behavioral Sciences, Diabetes Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran; 2Department of Psychiatry, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran; 3Department of Neurology, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran; 4Continuing Medical Education Center, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran; 5Department of Psychiatry, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran; 6Psychiatry Research Center, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 7Department of Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Paramedicine, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran; 8Department of Anesthesiology, Paramedical Faculty, Molecular Medicine Research Center, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran; 9Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran
Background and aim: Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease characterized by a total or partial loss of melanocytes from the epidermis and other tissues of the skin. It is placed in the class of secondary psychiatric disorders and can also lead to psychological problems. The main aim of this study was to assess social acceptance in vitiligo patients.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on all of the patients (n=150) with vitiligo who were referred to dermatology clinics in Rafsanjan, Iran. The patients completed a social acceptability questionnaire (Marlowe–Crowne Social Desirability Scale), and information regarding their demographic characteristics was also collected. Data were gathered and analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics using SPSS-19 software.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 27.56±10.53 years and 65.9% were female. Mean score of social acceptance among the patients was 13.51±7.08. The results showed that the mean scores of social acceptance were significantly lower in women, in those with single marital status, in those with face and neck lesions, and in those with disease duration less than 5 years.
Conclusion: The results showed that certain groups of patients with vitiligo are at greater risk of experiencing lower social acceptance.
Keywords: vitiligo, social acceptance, skin disease, secondary psychiatric disorders
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