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Anxiety and self-consciousness in patients with facial lacerations one week and six months later

Tebble, Nicola, Adams, Robert, Thomas, David William and Price, Patricia Elaine 2006. Anxiety and self-consciousness in patients with facial lacerations one week and six months later. British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 44 (6) , pp. 520-525. 10.1016/j.bjoms.2005.10.010

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We explored the psychological impact of disfigurement resulting from facial lacerations in patients who presented at an accident and emergency department in the UK. Patients participated in relevant sections of the Derriford Appearance Scale and State Trait Anxiety Inventory at one week and six months after injury. In all patients self-consciousness and anxiety scores were higher than in the general population. The extent of the scar, the patient's living arrangements, and the cause of the injury were significantly related to self-consciousness and anxiety. General self-consciousness improved at six months but not social self-consciousness and anxiety. These injuries may have a considerable impact on the lives of the affected people.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Healthcare Sciences
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facial scarring ; Psychological adjustment ; Anxiety; Appearance
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0266-4356
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2019 20:21

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