Journal article

An update on gender differences in major symptom phenomenology among adults with body dysmorphic disorder

Amy Malcolm, Toni D Pikoos, David J Castle, Susan L Rossell



There has not been a comprehensive comparison of differences between men and women with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) for approximately two decades. Major social and technological changes over this time may have changed patterns of bodily concerns and symptom profile among men and women with BDD, thus warranting an updated assessment of gender differences. BDD symptomatology, insight, and associated clinical and sociodemographic characteristics were compared between 49 women and 27 men with BDD. Skin was the most common concern for both men and women. Women showed more concerns than men about the appearance of their legs. Men were more concerned about muscularity/body build. Women demonstra..

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Awarded by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships

Funding Acknowledgements

A.M and T.P were supported by Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships during this research. S.L.R holds a Senior NHMRC Fellowship (GNT1154651). This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.