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'Coping quite well with a few difficult bits': Living with disfigurement in early adolescence

Prior, Jess and O'Dell, Lindsay (2009). 'Coping quite well with a few difficult bits': Living with disfigurement in early adolescence. Journal of Health Psychology, 14(6) pp. 731–740.

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Facial disfigurement affects approximately one in 500 children and young people in the UK. Four mothers and their four children aged 11—13 years who have a facial disfigurement were recruited through the charity Changing Faces, in order to examine the perspectives and concerns of adolescents and their mothers, and how they live with their disfigurement. Semi-structured interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The implications for research and practice in health psychology are discussed, and in particular the support and intervention of friends, constant vigilance and practical assistance from mothers, and the individual characteristics of the child are highlighted for further consideration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1359-1053
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 20574
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 14:55
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 15:25
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