Appearance Distress, Social Connectedness and Quality of Life in Females with Acne and Hirsutism

Hafiza Anum Saeed, Sara Latif


The present research was to conducted Appearance Distress, Social Connectedness and Dermatology Quality of Life in females with Acne and Hirsutism. The total sample was 150 participants comprised of 66 participants with Acne, 41 participants with Hirsutism, 43 participants with both Acne and Hirsutism. The data was collected from various government or private hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan. The participant’s age ranged between 16 to 35 years who were already diagnosed with moderate to severe level of Acne and Hirsutism. Correlational research design and Purposive sampling technique was used. Standardized research tools employed in the current research included Body Image Disturbance Questionnaire, Social Connectedness Revised Scale and Dermatology Life Quality Index. Findings showed that Appearance Distress had significant negative relationship with Social Connectedness and significant positive relationship with Dermatology Quality of Life. Social Connectedness had negative relationship with Dermatology Quality of Life. Appearance Distress and Social Connectedness had low level of Dermatology Quality of Life. However, Social Connectedness did not play a role of moderator between Appearance Distress and Dermatology Quality of Life. The finding of the present study implie’s that psychologists should plan effective management techniques for people’s mental health with Acne and Hirsutism. It will help to promote the awareness among the society to avoid criticising females with acne and hirsutism, to encourage Social Connectedness and to promote healthy quality of life.


Acne, Hirsutism, Appearance Distress, Social Connectedness, Dermatology Quality of Life

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