Acne sufferers often report being shunned or treated negatively by their peers and society as a whole. Western society’s distaste for acne is reflected in the derogatory terms used to describe acne such as zits, pizza-face, crater-face and many more. The roles played by parents, family, friends and teachers in the life of an adolescent suffering from acne can be crucial, as they are the ones who need to counteract the negative reactions from the rest of society. It is vital that all the important people in the adolescent’s support system know as much as possible about the condition, because many popular misconceptions about acne can give sufferers the idea that they are somehow to blame for their condition.
The purpose of this study was to develop guidelines to enable the members of acne sufferers’ support networks to become better sources of practical, emotional and social support. Apart from a literature study, a questionnaire was developed as an aid to identify the perceptions and emotions of acne sufferers, which was published on a website (www.acnediaries.co.za) specifically designed for this purpose. Two semi-structured interviews with acne sufferers were done to enrich the findings.
Results of the study identified several guidelines for parents, teachers, siblings, friends and boyfriends or girlfriends of acne sufferers to enable them to support teenagers suffering from acne.
|Keywords:||Acne and Support Networks, Self-Concept and Acne, Psychological Impact of Acne, Acne Myths and Facts|
Prof Deirdré Krüger - Associate professor, Further Teacher Education, School of Education, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
University of South Africa, Gauteng, South Africa
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