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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 87-92

The psychosocial effect of androgenetic alopecia in males and females


1 Department of Dermatology, Andrology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Dermatology, Andrology and Venereology, Ministry of Health, Etay Albaroud Hospital, Elbehira, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Hala E Doma
Department of Dermatology, Andrology and Venereology, Ministry of Health, Etay Albaroud Hospital, Elbehira
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_268_19

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Objective The aim was to shed light on the psychosocial effect of androgenetic alopecia (AGA) in both males and females and its effect on quality of life of those patients. Background Hair loss can cause several psychological/psychiatric problems and lower self-confidence and sexual attractiveness, with impairment in school performance. Materials and methods A cross-sectional study was conducted that included 200 males and females diagnosed as having AGA. Results There were no significant differences between male and female, between urban and rural, between married patients and not married patients, and among nonworkers, manual workers, and professional workers regarding emotion, function, social, self-confidence, and total quality-of-life score. Moreover, there was a significant difference between married patients and not married patients regarding emotion score, with scores of 18.1 ± 1.54 and 15.97 ± 2.08, respectively (P < 0.001). There was a significant difference among nonworker, manual worker, and professional work regarding emotion score, where score 15.6 ± 1.21, 17.72 ± 1.42, and 18.22 ± 1.42, respectively (P = 0.005). There was a significant difference among nonworkers, manual worker, and professional work, regarding function score, with scores of 12.50 ± 1.51, 11.1 ± 1.77, and 10.65 ± 1.8, respectively. There was a positive significant correlation between age of studied patients and emotion score, and a negative significant correlation between age of studied patients and function score. On the contrary, there was a nonsignificant negative correlation between age of studied patients and social and total score and a nonsignificant positive correlation with self-confidence. Conclusion It was important to identify the psychological effect of AGA among the patients, as this was necessary to provide the psychological treatment with other line in these patients.


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