Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
Print version ISSN 0103-166X
LUDGWIG, Martha Wallig Brusius; OLIVEIRA, Margareth da Silva; MULLER, Marisa Campio and GONCALVES, Ângela Maria Barbosa Ferreira. Site of the lesion and stress levels of dermatologic patients. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2008, vol.25, n.3, pp. 343-352. ISSN 0103-166X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2008000300003.
The skin is a visible organ, playing an important role in interpersonal relations, and when wounded may cause distress. Stress has influences on several skin diseases just as these are stress generators. This study assessed stress and dermatological lesion sites and the association between these variables, comparing stress levels in patients with lesions on the face and/or hands and patients with lesions on other parts of the body. It was a descriptive, association-based, cross-study. The sample was made of 205 patients, who filled out the Lipp's Stress Symptom Inventory for Adults, the Socio-demographical Data File and the Lesion Site File. No significant differences were found in the stress results between the groups, but the presence of stress symptoms in the majority of patients is worth highlighting, being the resistance phase and the psychological symptomatology the predominant ones. These was no significant difference in stress results between the two groups (p=0,495; p=0,873 and p=0,815). These findings corroborate the need of a biopsychosocial care to the pacientes.
Keywords : Dermatology; Lesions; Psychology; Stress.