Epidemiology of Body Dysmorphic Disorder Among Adolescents In Imphal West District, Manipur


  • Rushitha Chibi Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem, India
  • Megala M Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem, India
  • Udhatabashkaran Kadirvelu Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8339-7634
  • Dhanalashmi S Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem, India
  • Chellavel Ganapathi K Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem, India




Adolescents, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Pre-occupation, School students


Background: Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by preoccupation with a perceived flaw(s) in one’s appearance, leads sufferers to engage in repetitive behaviours to try to hide or fix the flaw(s) causing significant distress and interference. BDD is an unrecognized and undiagnosed problem among adolescents. Therefore, conducting a study in the Imphal West will identify the adolescents at risk. The objective of the study is to determine the prevalence of BDD among higher secondary students in Imphal West, Manipur.

Methodology: This study was conducted among higher secondary students during Aug 2019 -Feb 2020. Sampling was done by stratified two stage cluster design and self-administered validated Body Image Disturbance Questionnaire was used. Data were summarized using descriptive statistics. Chi-square test was used for comparing proportions.

Results: Out of the total 1207 students, 52% were female. Almost 92.2% of the students were concerned about some aspect of their appearance. About 2.6% met the DSM-V criteria for BDD. Females were significantly dissatisfied with their skin (71.3%), nose (59.3%), hair (34.7%), whereas men with their muscle build (54.8%) and eyes (40.3%).

Conclusions: The study revealed BDD was prevalent but many individuals were unaware about the condition and its treatment.


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Chibi R, M M, Kadirvelu U, S D, Ganapathi K C. Epidemiology of Body Dysmorphic Disorder Among Adolescents In Imphal West District, Manipur. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2022 Jul. 31 [cited 2022 Aug. 10];13(07):469-72. Available from: https://www.njcmindia.com/index.php/file/article/view/2157



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