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Investigative Report

Atopic Dermatitis, Attachment and Partnership: A Psychodermatological Case-control Study of Adult Patients

Jan Dieris-Hirche, Wolfgang E. Milch, Jörg Kupfer, Frank Leweke, Uwe Gieler
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-1374


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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