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Title: Investigating difficulties in emotion regulation in medically unexplained symptoms
Author: Wilkinson, Katy
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2013
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The thesis comprises a literature review and a research report. The review provides a critical evaluation and summary of literature pertaining to associations between emotion dysregulation and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Owing to ambiguities in the conceptualisation of emotion dysregulation, the way in which emotion dysregulation is being conceptualised in the MUS literature (e.g. which strategies are being investigated in the disorder) was investigated followed by an evaluation of the associations between difficulties in these emotion regulation strategies and MUS. The researcher concludes that further research is needed to improve our understanding of emotion dysregulation in MUS. The research report investigated emotion dysregulation in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). The aetiology of PNES is not well understood, research suggests that the aetiology involves a complex interplay of factors. Recently, high levels of emotion dysregulation have been reported in PNES. In addition, high rates of traumatic experiences have been reported in the disorder. The researcher hypothesised that high levels of emotion dysregulation may be associated with traumatic experiences in PNES. High levels of emotion dysregulation were reported in both participants with PNES and participants with epilepsy but not in healthy controls. Higher levels of traumatic experiences were reported by the participants with PNES in comparison with participants with epilepsy and healthy controls. The researcher’s hypothesis was not supported; traumatic experiences did not account for the variance in emotion dysregulation, only anxiety accounted for this variance. The results are considered in relation to previous research and implications for practice and future research outlined
Supervisor: Reuber, Markus Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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