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Title: Partners' experiences of bariatric surgery and perinatal OCD
Author: Poole, Jolyon
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 430X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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Chapter one is a critical review of the literature exploring partners' experiences of bariatric surgery. A database search yielded 13 studies that met eligibility criteria and were included in the review. Some partners experienced their spouse's bariatric surgery and subsequent weight-loss positively and reported many benefits, e.g. increased intimacy and participation in social activities. However, some partners experienced their spouse's weight-loss negatively, with the heightened awareness of their own weight-struggles and insecurities. Some partners gained weight following their spouse's bariatric surgery. Consequently, future research could explore weight gain in partners following bariatric surgery. Chapter two is an empirical study that explored partners' experiences of perinatal OCD. Five partners were interviewed to gain an in-depth understanding of their experience. Three themes emerged from the data; how partners came to understand OCD (Making sense of OCD), how they experienced living alongside OCD (Loss) and their experience of accessing healthcare support (Support). Partners have a crucial role in supporting mothers with perinatal OCD, and future research could explore whether there are any differences or similarities with other OCD sub-types or related disorders, and understanding perinatal OCD in fathers. Chapter three is a reflective account on my experiences as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist conducting research with men and the dilemmas I encountered. These dilemmas provided useful learning opportunities to refine and develop my skills as a qualitative researcher. It is important to consider similarities and differences between participant-researcher and how these factors, as well as the social context, can influence the interaction. Bracketing methods and preparing for events such as requests for self-disclosure, are important to consider as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist conducting qualitative research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology