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Psychologisches Institut Gesundheitspsychologie des Kindes- und Jugendalters

Congenital melanocytic nevus: Psychological outcome


Principal investigators: Dr. O. Masnari, Dr. K. Neuhaus, Prof. Dr. M. Landolt, PD C. Schiestl, PD S. Reynolds,

Funding: Nevus Outreach

Duration of project: January 2016 – December 2019


Having a skin condition that causes a visible difference in appearance is assumed to have a major impact on a child’s psychosocial well-being and quality of life. However, research on psychosocial adjustment and health-related quality of life (HrQoL) in children and adolescents born with a congenital melanocytic nevus (CMN) is scarce.

Therefore this study aims to:

  • assess self- and parent-reported psychological adjustment, HrQoL, and perceived stigmatization in children and adolescents born with a melanocytic nevus
  • assess self-reported psychological well-being of parents
  • analyze a broad range of condition-specific and psycho¬social predictor variables of individual adjustment

For this study, parents of children born with a nevus (ages 0-18) and adolescents born with a nevus (ages 14-18) are invited to complete a web-based online survey. Perceived quality of life, psychological adjustment, perceived stigmatization, valence of appearance, and fear of negative appearance evaluation will be assessed through standardized questionnaires. The use of a “peer sample” will allow the comparison of individuals born with a CMN to non-affected peers. Analysis of a broad range of condition-specific and psychosocial predictor variables will help to identify risk- and resilience-factors for individual adjustment.

The findings of this study will help to learn more about the situation of families of a child born with a nevus. This will hopefully help to improve support services for affected families in the future.