Skin-Related Anxiety Affects Exercise Intent

By Splete, Heidi | Clinical Psychiatry News, May 2008 | Go to article overview

Skin-Related Anxiety Affects Exercise Intent


Splete, Heidi, Clinical Psychiatry News


Social anxiety stemming from acne or other skin conditions might keep people from exercising, say results of a survey of 50 adults selected from an acne support group.

Exercise is important for overall health and skin health, but data from previous studies have shown that people are often inclined to avoid participating in sports and other activities because of anxiety about their appearance.

To examine the link between skin-related social anxiety and the intention to play sports or exercise, Tom Loney, a Ph.D. student at the University of Bath (England) and his colleagues surveyed 20 men and 30 women with an average age of 33 years (J. Health Psychol. 2008; 13:47-54).

The participants responded to questionnaires that addressed dermatologic social anxiety, intention to participate in sports and exercise, self-esteem, and quality of life related to skin conditions.

Based on responses to dermatologic social anxiety statements such as, "When in a bathing suit, I often feel nervous about the appearance of my skin," the average score was 3.97 on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 5 (extremely).

The average score for intent-to-exercise statements such as "I am determined to exercise/play sport at least three times a week during the next month" was 4.04 on a scale of 1 (very unlikely) to 7 (very likely). For self-esteem statements such as "I feel that I have a number of good qualities," the average response was 1.56 on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree).

Finally, the average score on the Dermatology Life Quality Index, which includes 10 items such as, "Over the last week, how much has your skin affected any social or leisure activities? …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Skin-Related Anxiety Affects Exercise Intent
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.