Body image and health locus of control among male patients with incisional hernias

Body Image. 2009 Jun;6(3):242-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.04.006. Epub 2009 May 23.


Incisional hernias form after surgery through incision sites and can enlarge over time. Relations between body image (BI) and health locus of control (HLC) were investigated in male patients undergoing evaluation for incisional hernia repair (n=32) and non-hernia controls (n=34). Analyses revealed that patients with incisional hernias reported significantly less satisfaction with general appearance and appearance of the mid-torso than non-hernia controls. Although HLC beliefs did not vary by group, post hoc analyses revealed several significant relations between BI factors and HLC beliefs. Results suggest that poor BI is a significant area of concern among patients with incisional hernias.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Body Image*
  • Culture
  • Hernia, Ventral / psychology*
  • Hernia, Ventral / surgery
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / psychology*
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Reoperation / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires