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YPIE Scientist: Elizabeth Samuel

Updated: May 30, 2023

Research: The Connection Between Skin Conditions and Self Esteem

Awards: WESEF 2023 - "USAID science champion award"

Mentor: Paige Brabant

Research Location: NYMC


American Academy of Dermatology Association stated 84.5 million Americans are affected by a type of skin condition. Due to their skin conditions, patients have become self-conscious about their appearance and as a result it can lead to dread and avoidance of stepping out in public (Roosta et al., 2010). The goal of this research is to advance the discussion between skin conditions and mental health problems. Using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) questionnaire, participants were asked to complete this survey and assess their mental health for the previous two weeks as well as their skin condition, Patients with and without skin conditions were asked to take the survey. Participants with no skin conditions have a higher average self-esteem level (m=27, SD= 6.44) as compared to participants with skin conditions (m=25.2, SD= 7.38). Participants with skin conditions have a higher average DLQI (m=13.4, SD= 8.17) as compared to participants with no skin conditions (m=2.59, SD= 4.77). There was no correlation between DLQI scores and self-esteem scores (r= 0.122). This study contributes to the limited data on the correlation between AD and self-esteem.

About this Scientist:

Elizabeth Samuel is a senior at Yonkers High School who will be attending Kings College in the fall, for the physician assistant program. She is very dedicated to researching more about the connection between specific mental health conditions, and skin condition. As a Future physician assistant, Elizabeth, hopes to work in the dermatology field and research more on Atopic Dermatitis.

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