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Depictions of acne and psoriasis influence interpersonal aversion

Green-Armytage, M, Simonds, Laura, John, Mary and Woodger, Nigel (2018) Depictions of acne and psoriasis influence interpersonal aversion Psychology, Health and Medicine, 24 (1).

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The presence of a dermatological condition may deter contact with the affected person because it falsely signals the threat of infection. The current study investigated interpersonal aversion towards individuals with the appearance of acne and psoriasis. Participants (N=196) either viewed a female face with the appearance of acne, psoriasis, or no visible dermatological condition. Participants rated the attractiveness of the person, and indicated their willingness for social and indirect contact with them. The person depicted with acne was rated significantly less attractive than the person with psoriasis or no dermatological condition. Participants reported significantly less willingness for indirect contact with the person depicted with acne or psoriasis compared to the person with no visible dermatological condition. In contrast, participants expressed more willingness for social contact with a person with acne than with the person with psoriasis or no dermatological condition. Group differences were significant when controlling for attractiveness ratings. Unwarranted fear of infection might underpin avoidance and discriminatory behaviour towards those with skin conditions. Further research is required to understand factors that influence avoidance of contact.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Green-Armytage, M
Date : 26 July 2018
DOI : 10.1080/13548506.2018.1497188
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Health and Medicine on 26 July 2018, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Acne, psoriasis, contact, social distance, interpersonal aversion
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 11 Jul 2018 10:52
Last Modified : 27 Jul 2019 02:08

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