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Human Studies

2022 Sep 01

Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol



Illness stigma, body image dissatisfaction, thwarted belongingness and depressive symptoms in youth with inflammatory bowel disease.


Roberts CM, Gamwell KL, Baudino MN, Edwards CS, Jacobs NJ, Tung J, Grunow JE, Mullins LL, Chaney JM
Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 Sep 01; 34(9):919-924.
PMID: 35913777.


Elevated depressive symptoms are observed in a significant number of youth with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and have been linked to illness stigma and social isolation. Body image dissatisfaction is an understudied variable in the pediatric IBD literature that may be related to both stigma and social difficulties. It is suspected that, due to the stigmatizing nature of IBD, some youth may feel self-conscious about their body image, which contributes to decreased feelings of social belongingness and ultimately depressive symptoms. The current study tested an illness stigma→ body image dissatisfaction→ thwarted belongingness→ depressive symptoms serial mediation model, in which IBD stigma was hypothesized to indirectly influence youth depressive symptoms through the sequential effects of stigma on body image dissatisfaction and thwarted social belongingness.