Clinical psychology in the management of pediatric skin disease

Dermatol Clin. 1998 Jul;16(3):619-29. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(05)70257-6.


The role of psychological factors in certain dermatological conditions is not disputed; however, these processes have been much more thoroughly explored in adult populations than in pediatric populations. Therefore, this article reviews relevant adult and child studies. This article explores three aspects of psychological functioning as they relate to dermatological conditions and their treatment, specifically stress and emotional regulation, behavioral and environmental issues, and compliance. The goal of this article is to give the practicing dermatologist a working overview of psychological factors in pediatric skin disease which will facilitate good communication with families around these issues and referral for adjunctive psychological treatment as needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance
  • Skin Diseases / psychology*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy
  • Stress, Psychological