Giant congenital melanocytic naevus (GCMN) may be expected to affect psychosocial functioning of children and their parents due to deviant appearance and painful treatment. To obtain insight into clinical aspects and psychosocial functioning of those suffering from GCMN, 29 children diagnosed with GCMN syndrome or single GCMN received a dermatological examination, were interviewed, and their mothers and teachers completed standardized questionnaires on the child's competence and behavioural/emotional problems and their own adjustment. Social problems were reported for 30% of the patients and behavioural/emotional problems for 25.9%. There was no correlation between visibility of the naevus, treatment or child age and psychological problems. Mothers reported considerable psychosocial burden. It is concluded that children with GCMN are at increased risk of social and behavioural/emotional problems, and mothers suffer considerable psychological impact of their child's condition.

dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2230.2000.00712.x, hdl.handle.net/1765/59349
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Department of Dermatology

Koot, J.M, Waard-Van Der Spek, F.De, Peer, C.D, Mulder, P.G.H, & Oranje, A.P. (2000). Psychosocial sequelae in 29 children with giant congenital melanocytic naevi. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 25(8), 589–593. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2230.2000.00712.x