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Attitudes and Perceptions of School-Aged Children Toward Alopecia Areata

Andrew Hankinson, MD1; Heidi McMillan, MD1,2; Jeffery Miller, MD, MBA3
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1Penn State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
2Pediatric Partners of the West, Durango, Colorado
3Department of Dermatology, Penn State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(7):877-879. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.601.
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Although not life-threatening, alopecia areata (AA) is associated with increased rates of depressive symptoms and anxiety in children.1 This study investigates how schoolchildren, from kindergarten (K) through grade 8, perceive those with AA and the associated social ramifications.

Article InformationCorresponding Author: Andrew Hankinson, MD, Penn State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 107 Townhouse Rd, Hershey, PA 17033 (Carlohank@gmail.com).

Author Contributions: All authors had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Study concept and design: McMillan, Miller.

Acquisition of data: McMillan, Miller.

Analysis and interpretation of data: Hankinson, McMillan, Miller.

Drafting of the manuscript: Hankinson, McMillan, Miller.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Hankinson, Miller.

Study supervision: Hankinson, Miller.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by the Hershey Chapter of the Children’s Miracle Network.

Role of the Sponsors: The sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.

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