Social desirability, psychological symptoms and perceived health in burn injured patients
2005 (English)In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, ISSN 0022-3018, E-ISSN 1539-736X, Vol. 193, no 12, 820-824 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Social desirability was previously seen as a nuisance in assessment, but today it is regarded as a personality trait with an influence on health. The aim was to explore relations between social desirability and health in former burn patients. Eighty-four burn patients injured on average 3.8 years ago responded to a questionnaire booklet. Social desirability was assessed with the social desirability subscale of the Swedish universities Scales of Personality, which is standardized in a normative sample. The results showed that a subgroup with high degree of social desirability displayed significantly poorer perceived health on the burn-specific health subscales heat sensitivity, work, and body image than normal responders did. There were no differences regarding age, education, injury-related variables, sick leave, or symptoms of anxiety and depression. In conclusion, participants with high social desirability were characterized by postburn problems in outdoor and work-related situations, and more self-consciousness about appearance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 193, no 12, 820-824 p.
body image, personality, social desirability, trauma, work
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-97494DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000188976.84146.c3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-97494DiVA: diva2:172467