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of 'Female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia in women): Pathogenesis, clinical features, and diagnosis'

Quality of life and maladjustment associated with hair loss in women with alopecia androgenetica.
Van Der Donk J, Hunfeld JA, Passchier J, Knegt-Junk KJ, Nieboer C
Soc Sci Med. 1994;38(1):159.
Quality of life and maladjustment related to hair loss were studied by means of a standardized interview in a group of 58 women with alopecia androgenetica who applied for treatment at the Department of Dermatology. The hair loss was found to have a negative influence on the quality of life on the majority of them. In 88%, hair loss had negative effects on their daily life; in about 75%, the hair problems were manifested in negative self-esteem and about 50% experienced social problems. General psychosocial maladjustment in relation to hair loss was indicated in almost one-third of the women.
Department of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.