This study examined the relationships between illness perceptions, psychological distress and treatment-seeking delay in genital warts patients. Sixty-six genital warts patients were approached while attending a sexual health clinic. They completed a questionnaire assessing their illness perceptions, psychological distress and treatment-seeking delay. Negative perceptions of illness consequences and control and a perceived cyclical timeline were associated with increased psychological distress. Perceived illness consequences maintained significance in a multiple regression equation, which accounted for 25% variance in distress. Depression was associated with treatment-seeking delay (r = 0.28, P = 0.03). In conclusion, illness perceptions may play an important role in the experience of psychological distress in genital warts patients. The implications of these findings for the design of health-care interventions are discussed.
- illness perception
- treatment-seeking delay
- genital warts
Ireland, J. A., Reid, M., Powell, R., & Petrie, K. J. (2005). The role of illness perceptions: psychological distress and treatment seeking delay in patients with genital warts. International Journal of Std and Aids, 16(10), 667-670. https://doi.org/10.1258/095646205774357334