Importance of Group Therapeutic Support for Family Members of Children with Alopecia Areata: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study

Kelly A. Aschenbeck, Sarah L. Mcfarland, Maria K. Hordinsky, Bruce R. Lindgren, Ronda S. Farah

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Abstract

Background/Objectives: The psychological effect of alopecia areata (AA) is well documented, but group interaction may help lessen this burden. We aimed to determine factors that draw patients with AA and their families to group events. Methods: Surveys were administered at the annual alopecia areata bowling social in 2015 and 2016. This event is a unique opportunity for children with AA and their families to meet others with the disease and connect with local support group resources from the Minnesota branch of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Data from 2015 and 2016 were combined. Comparisons of subgroups were performed using Fisher exact tests for response frequencies and percentages and two-sample t tests for mean values. Results: An equal number of men and women participated in the study (n = 13 each). The average age was 41.1 years. There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) in survey responses based on respondent age or sex. Twenty-three (88.5%) attendees sought to connect with others with AA and met three or more people during the event. Seventeen (65.4%) also attended other support group events. Twelve respondents (46.2%) came to support a friend or family member. One hundred percent of attendees identified socializing with others with AA as important. Conclusions: Group interaction is an important source of therapeutic support for people with AA and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-432
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Dermatology
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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