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Patients’ experiences of an acceptance and commitment therapy-based approach for psychosocial difficulties relating to an appearance-affecting condition (2020)
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Zucchelli, F. A., Donnelly, O., Sharratt, N., Hooper, N., & Williamson, H. M. (2020). Patients’ experiences of an acceptance and commitment therapy-based approach for psychosocial difficulties relating to an appearance-affecting condition. European Journal of Counselling Psychology, 9(1), 29-40. https://doi.org/10.46853/001c.22012

Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference (2020)
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Sharratt, N. D., Williamson, H., Zucchelli, F., & Kiff, J. (in press). Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference. Stigma and Health, https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000212

Bodily or physical differences constitute one class of potentially stigmatized characteristics. The existing literature confirms that those with appearance altering or disfiguring conditions (‘visible differences’) may experience both felt and enacte... Read More about Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference.

‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’. A randomised controlled trial evaluating an appearance-related board game intervention with children aged 9-11 years (2020)
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Jarman, H., Guest, E., Hannah, J., Sharratt, N., Williamson, H., White, P., …Slater, A. (2021). ‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’. A randomised controlled trial evaluating an appearance-related board game intervention with children aged 9-11 years. Body Image, 36, 34-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.09.010

This study evaluated the effectiveness of an educational board game aimed at increasing knowledge of appearance-related issues, positive body image, media literacy, and acceptance of appearance diversity with British school children. Two hundred and... Read More about ‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’. A randomised controlled trial evaluating an appearance-related board game intervention with children aged 9-11 years.

The effectiveness of interventions to improve psychosocial outcomes in parents of children with appearance-affecting health conditions: A systematic review (2020)
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Costa, B., Thornton, M., Guest, E., Meyrick, J., & Williamson, H. (2021). The effectiveness of interventions to improve psychosocial outcomes in parents of children with appearance-affecting health conditions: A systematic review. Child: Care, Health and Development, 47(1), 15-30. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12805

Background: Although many cope well, the impact of supporting a child with an Appearance-Affecting Health Condition (AAHC) can place a significant demand on parents. As such, it is vital that families have access to appropriate psychosocial support t... Read More about The effectiveness of interventions to improve psychosocial outcomes in parents of children with appearance-affecting health conditions: A systematic review.

Body image concerns and psychological wellbeing among injured combat veterans with scars and limb loss: A review of the literature (2020)
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Keeling, M., Williamson, H., Williams, V., Kiff, J., & Harcourt, D. (in press). Body image concerns and psychological wellbeing among injured combat veterans with scars and limb loss: A review of the literature. Military Behavioral Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/21635781.2020.1792013

A narrative literature review aimed to determine the nature and prevalence of body image and psychosocial concerns and associated support needs among veterans with combat-related appearance-altering injuries. A systematic approach to a narrative revi... Read More about Body image concerns and psychological wellbeing among injured combat veterans with scars and limb loss: A review of the literature.

Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care (2020)
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Riobueno-Naylor, A., Williamson, H., Canenguez, K., Kogosov, A., Drexler, A., Sadeq, F., …Sheridan, R. L. (2021). Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care. Journal of Burn Care and Research, 42(1), 32-40. https://doi.org/10.1093/jbcr/iraa108

The current study assessed the prevalence of appearance concerns, psychosocial difficulty, and use of an appearance-focused social and psychological support resource (Young Person's Face IT; YPF) within a population of teens (12-17 year-olds) receivi... Read More about Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care.

Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care (2020)
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Riobueno-Naylor, A., Williamson, H., Canenguez, K., Kogosov, A., Drexler, A., Sadeq, F., …Sheridan, R. L. (2021). Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care. Journal of Burn Care and Research, 42(1), 32-40. https://doi.org/10.1093/jbcr/iraa108

The current study assessed the prevalence of appearance concerns, psychosocial difficulty, and use of an appearance-focused social and psychological support resource (Young Person’s Face IT; YPF) within a population of teens (12-17 year-olds) receiv... Read More about Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care.

Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review (2020)
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Ramsey-Wade, C. E., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (2021). Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 16(1), 59-76. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1760988

A systematic review of the literature was carried out to assess whether therapeutic writing could improve outcomes for clients with disordered eating. Twelve studies were identified that met the review’s inclusion criteria. Each study was criticall... Read More about Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review.

The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to support psychological well- being in post-operative bariatric patients: A systematic review of evidence (2020)
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Van Zyl, N., Andrews, L., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (in press). The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to support psychological well- being in post-operative bariatric patients: A systematic review of evidence. Diabetic Medicine,

Background: Bariatric surgery is considered an effective obesity management intervention for individuals with a BMI greater than 40, or 35 with co-morbidities. However, research documents that psychological difficulties prevalent amongst individuals... Read More about The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to support psychological well- being in post-operative bariatric patients: A systematic review of evidence.

Anxiety and depression in adolescents with a visible difference: A systematic review and meta-analysis (2020)
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van Dalen, M., Dierckx, B., Parsmans, S., Aendekerk, E. W. C., Mathijssen, I., Koudstaal, M. J., …Okkerse, J. (2020). Anxiety and depression in adolescents with a visible difference: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Body Image, 33, 38-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.006

Living with a visible difference can entail challenging social situations, associated with psychosocial symptoms. However, it is not clear whether adolescents with a visible difference experience more anxiety and depression than unaffected peers. We... Read More about Anxiety and depression in adolescents with a visible difference: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Australian health professionals’ perspectives of psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: A qualitative analysis of pediatric populations (2020)
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Gee, C., Maskell, J., Newcombe, P., Kimble, R., & Williamson, H. (2020). Australian health professionals’ perspectives of psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: A qualitative analysis of pediatric populations. Body Image, 33, 13-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.004

Living with a visible difference (e.g., disfigurement) can compromise a child’s psychological wellbeing. Although some children can adjust well, others can develop a range of appearance-related issues such as social anxiety, low self-esteem, and body... Read More about Australian health professionals’ perspectives of psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: A qualitative analysis of pediatric populations.