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Sinikumpu S, Jokelainen J, Auvinen J, et al. Association between psychosocial distress, sexual disorders, self-esteem and quality of life with male androgenetic alopecia: a population-based study with men at age 46. BMJ Open 2021;11:e049855. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049855

Association between psychosocial distress, sexual disorders, self-esteem and quality of life with male androgenetic alopecia : a population-based study with men at age 46

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Author: Sinikumpu, Suvi-Päivikki1,2; Jokelainen, Jari3; Auvinen, Juha4;
Organizations: 1Department of Dermatology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
2PEDEGO Research Group, Medical Research Center, University of Oulu, Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
3Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Arctic Biobank, Infrastructure for Population Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
4Center for Life Course Health Research, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Research Center, University of Oulu, Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
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Version: published version
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Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022020217309
Language: English
Published: BMJ, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-02
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Abstract

Objectives: To study the association between androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and its severity with psychosocial well-being in male subjects aged 46 years at the population level.

Design: Cross-sectional study.

Setting: The Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 (NFBC1966).

Participants: Data were available for 892 male subjects aged 46 years.

Interventions: Study subjects underwent comprehensive health examinations including a skin evaluation by dermatologists and determination of AGA according to the Norwood classification. They also filled in a questionnaire battery that included previously validated questionnaires: the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25, the Beck Depression Inventory–II; the Generalised Anxiety Disorder Screener; a 15-dimensional measure of health-related quality of life; a 12-Item General Health Questionnaire. The battery also included questions about self-esteem and sexual health.

Main outcome measurements: The presence of AGA and its severity, psychosocial well-being.

Results: AGA was found in 68.5% of subjects, 27.8% of the cases were severe, 33.2% moderate and 39.0% mild. There was no significant association between the presence of AGA or its severity with depression, anxiety, quality of life, self-esteem or sexual symptoms. Those with severe AGA reported lower sexual activity when compared with those without AGA; however, the difference was not statistically significant.

Conclusions: Middle-aged men with AGA did not differ from men without AGA in terms of psychosocial well-being.

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Series: BMJ open
ISSN: 2044-6055
ISSN-E: 2044-6055
ISSN-L: 2044-6055
Volume: 11
Issue: 12
Article number: e049855
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049855
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049855
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
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