Facial disfigurement in patients with head and neck cancer: The role of social self-efficacy

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This study investigated the moderating role of social self-efficacy (i.e., the belief that one is capable of exercising control over the reactions and openness of other people) with respect to the link between facial disfigurement and psychological and social functioning. Facial disfigurement was rated by patients (n = 76) as well as their physicians. In line with the hypotheses, the results revealed that the degree of facial disfigurement, as judged by patients as well as their physicians, was positively related to psychological distress and distress in reaction to unpleasant behavior of others, but only when patients did not feel self-efficacious in social encounters. Furthermore, social self-efficacy mitigated the positive link between facial disfigurement as judged by patients and social isolation.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)643-647
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftHealth Psychology
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - sep-2006

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