Distinct temperament and character profiles in first onset vitiligo but not in alopecia areata

Erfan G. , Albayrak Y., Yanik M. E. , Oksuz O., Tasolar K., Topcu B., ...More

JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, vol.41, no.8, pp.709-715, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/1346-8138.12553
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.709-715
  • Keywords: alopecia areata, character, Temperament and Character Inventory, vitiligo, TURKISH VERSION, LIFE EVENTS, DISORDERS


Alopecia areata (AA) and vitiligo (V) are diseases that are correlated with psychiatric disorders before, during and after diagnosis. The Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) is a well-established approach for investigating personality traits in various psychosomatic diseases. The aim of this study is to compare and investigate the differences in the TCI between patients with first onset AA, patients with V and healthy controls (HC). Participants in the study included 42 patients with first onset AA, 50 adult patients with V and 60 HC who had no history or diagnoses of psychiatric or dermatological disorders. All participants were assessed with the TCI and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Among the temperament traits, the extravagance, disorderliness and total novelty-seeking scores were lower, and the worry and pessimism scores were higher in patients with V compared with patients with AA and the HC. The mean score of the enlightened second nature and the total self-directedness score of the character traits were higher in patients with V compared with patients with AA and the HC group. In the AA group, there was a negative correlation only between the reward dependence total score and the DLQI score. This study suggests that patients with first onset V have a distinct temperament, such as being unenthusiastic and unemotional, and character profiles, such as worry and pessimism, independent of their psychiatric comorbidities, and patients with AA do not have a different personality from the non-affected population.