Summary of Study Findings
- Adolescents with atopic dermatitis (AD) are susceptible to bullying due to their skin condition, which can lead to depression, suicidality, and reduced quality of life.
- This cross-sectional study investigated the link between AD and the prevalence and frequency of bullying among US adolescents. The hypothesis was that AD would be linked with an increased incidence of bullying experiences.
- The study used data from the 2021 National Health Interview Survey, and it found that adolescents with AD had a higher prevalence and frequency of experiencing bullying, including cyberbullying.
- Adolescents with AD not only faced an increased risk of being bullied but also reported fewer friendships and reduced school and extracurricular involvement, highlighting the need for further research.