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Self-perceptions of romantic appeal in adolescents with a cleft lip and/or palate

Sharratt, Nicholas David; Feragen, Kristin Billaud; Stock, Nicola Marie; Sharratt, Nicholas; Kvalem, Ingela Lundin


Nicholas David Sharratt

Kristin Billaud Feragen

Ingela Lundin Kvalem


© 2016 Elsevier Ltd During adolescence, romantic relationships are a key developmental milestone. Coupled with the increasing salience of appearance and social acceptance, adolescents with an appearance-altering condition may feel particularly vulnerable when it comes to romantic relationships. This study aimed to explore the prevalence of romantic experiences among adolescents with a cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P), and to investigate how these experiences could be related to depressive symptoms and global self-worth. The study included 661 Norwegian adolescents with CL/P, who were compared to a large national sample. The prevalence of romantic relationships was lower among adolescents with CL/P compared to the reference group, although the overall impact on depressive symptoms and global self-worth appeared to be low. This study is one of few to explore the impact of a congenital visible condition on experiences of romantic relationships and provides preliminary insight into a significant, yet complex topic.


Sharratt, N. D., Feragen, K. B., Stock, N. M., Sharratt, N., & Kvalem, I. L. (2016). Self-perceptions of romantic appeal in adolescents with a cleft lip and/or palate. Body Image, 18, 143-152.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 27, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Pages 143-152
Keywords romantic relationships, cleft lip and palate, self-perceptions, depressive symptoms, satisfaction with appearance, intimacy, visible difference
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