Author(s): Robinson E, Rumsey N, Partridge J
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Abstract Facially disfigured people can experience significant psychological problems, commonly relating to difficulties in social interaction. The effect of social interaction skills workshops on the psychological well-being of 64 facially disfigured participants is described. Participants completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD), the Social Avoidance and Distress Scale (SAD) and an open-ended questionnaire, before a workshop and at 6 weeks and 6 months follow-up. The high levels of anxiety evident prior to the workshop fell significantly 6 weeks post-workshop (HSD = 1.297, P < 0.01) and remained significantly lower at 6 month follow-up (HSD = 1.563, P < 0.01). Similarly, SAD scores fell significantly at 6 weeks (HSD = 1.89, P < 0.05) and again at 6 month follow-up (HSD = 2.26, P < 0.01). 6 weeks post-workshop, participants reported feeling more confident in the company of strangers (HSD = -1.266, P < 0.01) and about meeting new people (HSD = -1.159, P < 0.01). This increase in confidence was maintained at 6 months (HSD = -1.068 and -1.042 respectively, P < 0.01 for both). 61\% of those who experienced problems before the workshop reported a positive change in these situations. The potential of these workshops as an addition to surgical intervention is discussed.
This article was published in Br J Plast Surg
and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology
- Omnia AbouEl-Hamd
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