Self-concept in patients with PCOS
Ioan Gotca1, Cristina Cristea2, Letitia Leustean2, Draghici Ioana2 & Eusebie Zbranca2
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a major source of psychological morbidity and can negatively affect quality of life. The aim of the study was to identify characteristics of self-concept in female patients diagnosed with PCOS (n=22, mean age 26+/− 11 years) and comparative analysis with a control group (n=22).
Methods: Psychology questionnaire, selection tests based on geometrical figures/ words and also graph logical analysis were applied to all patients.
Results: PCOS was accompanied by a significantly depreciation of self-concept (68%). Global and symptomatic depression was more severe in persons without important masculinity. Manifest masculinity was significantly associated with reduction of global and symptomatic anxiety and hostility (70%). Superior adaptability was seen for subjects with a lower masculinity. For patients diagnosed with PCOS the domains of interest and behaviour indicated right brain laterality. Graph logical analysis revealed for all patients a masculine / mixture script trend. Protection tendency evaluated by geometrical figure tests were more important for these patients. In summary: hormonal changes modify self-concept, psychological pattern and behaviour of patients with PCOS.