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2017, Cilt 8, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 226-231
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Evaluation of the Body Image and Self-Esteem in Behcet’s Syndrome
Ayşe Özkaraman1, Filiz Özel2, Güler Balcı Alparslan1, Hülya Yılmaz4, Esra Songül Kul1, Timuçin Kaşifoğlu3, Cengiz Korkmaz3
1Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Health Sciences, 1Department of Nursing, Eskişehir, Turkey
2Kastamonu University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Kastamonu, Turkey
3Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Rheumatology, Eskişehir, Turkey
4Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics, Eskişehir, Turkey
Keywords: Behcet’s syndrome, body image, self esteem

Aim: This study was aimed at the evaluation the body image and self-esteem in Behcet’s Syndrome (BS).

Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out at a hospital’s rheumatology outpatient clinic in Eskişehir between June 1 and July 31, 2015. The study population consisted of 225 subjects who presented with BS (n=136) and healthy subjects (n=89). The research instruments used were Individual Information Form, Body Image Scale and Coopersmith Self-Esteem Scale. The data was analyzed using the program SPSS 21.00.

Results: For the BS patients participating in the study, the mean age was 42.89±11.56, the mean disease duration was 10.90±9.04 and mean treatment duration was 9.48±8.83 years. For the healthy, control group subjects, mean age was 35.64±8.57 years. Results indicated that the BS patients reported median body image score and self-esteem scores significantly lower than healthy control subjects (p=0.002, p<0.001 respectively). There was a positive correlation between body image and self-esteem scores in both of groups (r=0.302; p<0.001, respectively).

Conclusion: Our preliminary findings indicate that negative body image and self-esteem are affected by BS. Therefore, it is important for health professionals to assess the body image and self-esteem issues of BS patients.