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Title: Understanding the experiences of skin conditions and living with visible difference
Author: Jeffery, Carly
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 5645
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis contributes to the understanding of the psychosocial factors associated with skin conditions and the lived experience of visible difference. Chapter one is a systematic literature review that identifies the psychosocial factors associated with the onset and living with alopecia for children and young people. A systematic review of the literature indicated relational factors and frequency of negative life events were associated with the onset of alopecia for young people. Although the findings into the psychosocial factors associated with living with alopecia are mixed, anxiety was the most frequently reported factor for children and young people. The quality of the papers included in the review are mixed, with varying population samples, measures and methodological limitations. Clinical and research implications are discussed. Chapter two is a qualitative research study that explored the lived experience of six women with rosacea using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Participants’ experiences of rosacea were characterised by an internal struggle to feel in control of their skin condition whilst externally, learning to navigate complex social interactions. Clinical and research implications are discussed. Chapter three is a reflective account of the researcher’s experiences during the research process. The researcher’s reflections have been structured around the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Hexaflex model. Particular attention has been paid to the experiences that reflect the researcher’s values, cognitive defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, self as context and committed action.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RL Dermatology