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The provision of specialist psychosocial support for people with visible differences: A European survey


Harcourt, Diana; Hamlet, Claire; Feragen, Kristin Billaud; Garcia-Lopez, Luis-Joaquin; Masnari, Ornella; Mendes, Jose; Nobile, Francesca; Okkerse, Jolanda; Pittermann, Anna; Spillekom-van Koulil, Saskia; Stock, Nicola Marie; Williamson, Heidi (2018). The provision of specialist psychosocial support for people with visible differences: A European survey. Body Image, 25:35-39.

Abstract

A substantial body of research has demonstrated the challenges commonly facing people with visible differences (disfigurements) and explored the potential benefits offered by specialist psychosocial support and intervention for those who are negatively affected. However, little is known about the availability of such support in Europe for people whose appearance is in any way different to 'the norm'. This survey of 116 psychosocial specialists from 15 European countries, working with a range of patient groups, has shown a tendency for specialists to prioritise Cognitive-behavioural-based approaches, amongst a wide range of other approaches and interventional techniques. It indicates variations in the availability of support, and a perceived need for improved access to interventions, additional training, and greater awareness of the psychosocial issues associated with visible differences.

Abstract

A substantial body of research has demonstrated the challenges commonly facing people with visible differences (disfigurements) and explored the potential benefits offered by specialist psychosocial support and intervention for those who are negatively affected. However, little is known about the availability of such support in Europe for people whose appearance is in any way different to 'the norm'. This survey of 116 psychosocial specialists from 15 European countries, working with a range of patient groups, has shown a tendency for specialists to prioritise Cognitive-behavioural-based approaches, amongst a wide range of other approaches and interventional techniques. It indicates variations in the availability of support, and a perceived need for improved access to interventions, additional training, and greater awareness of the psychosocial issues associated with visible differences.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Psychology
Language:English
Date:June 2018
Deposited On:30 Jan 2019 11:15
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 09:42
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1740-1445
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.02.001
PubMed ID:29454284

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