Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface


Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences (2019)
Journal Article
Zucchelli, F., White, P., & Williamson, H. (2020). Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences. Body Image, 32, 121-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.12.002

Psychological flexibility, the capacity to be open to any internal stimuli and act in accordance with valued ends, has been identified as an explanatory variable in how people cope with body concerns. The role of psychological flexibility is unexplor... Read More about Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences.

Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image (2019)
Journal Article
Diedrichs, P. C., Jankowski, G. S., Alleva, J. M., Stock, N. M., Atkinson, M. J., Atkinson, M., …Williamson, H. (2020). Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image. Body Image, 32, 53-61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.006

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd The field of body image and appearance research and practice is progressing; however, there is still work to be done to ensure broad societal impact. This article consolidates reflections from a range of established and early care... Read More about Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image.

Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference (2019)
Journal Article
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.

A web-based self-help psychosocial intervention for adolescents distressed by appearance-affecting conditions and injuries (Young Persons’ Face IT): Feasibility study for a parallel randomized controlled trial (2019)
Journal Article
Williamson, H., Harcourt, D., White, P., Hamlet, C., Rumsey, N., Marques, E., …Cadogan, J. (2019). A web-based self-help psychosocial intervention for adolescents distressed by appearance-affecting conditions and injuries (Young Persons’ Face IT): Feasibility study for a parallel randomized controlled trial. JMIR Mental Health, 6(11), https://doi.org/10.2196/14776

Background: Disfigurement (visible difference) from wide-ranging congenital or acquired conditions, injuries, or treatments can negatively impact adolescents’ psychological well-being, education and health behaviours. Alongside medical interventions,... Read More about A web-based self-help psychosocial intervention for adolescents distressed by appearance-affecting conditions and injuries (Young Persons’ Face IT): Feasibility study for a parallel randomized controlled trial.

Opening a Pandora's Box that can't be salvaged: Health professionals’ perceptions of appearance-related care in an Australian pediatric specialist hospital (2019)
Journal Article
Newcombe, P., Gee, C., Maskell, J., Newcombe, P., Kimble, R., & Williamson, H. (2019). Opening a Pandora's Box that can't be salvaged: Health professionals’ perceptions of appearance-related care in an Australian pediatric specialist hospital. Body Image, 31, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.07.004

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Many children and young people struggle adjusting to the psychosocial consequences (e.g., body dissatisfaction, social anxiety, and stigmatisation) of visible differences (or disfigurement). As appearance-affecting conditions ofte... Read More about Opening a Pandora's Box that can't be salvaged: Health professionals’ perceptions of appearance-related care in an Australian pediatric specialist hospital.

Mindful Eating - Conscious Living: An acceptability study (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Ramsey-Wade, C., Halliwell, E., Williamson, H., & Atkinson, M. (2019, June). Mindful Eating - Conscious Living: An acceptability study. Poster presented at ACBS Annual World Conference 17

Mindful Eating – Conscious Living™ (ME-CL) is a mindfulness-based programme originating in the US which aims to reduce anxiety around food and eating. While the programme is being delivered widely, it has never been tested under research conditions.... Read More about Mindful Eating - Conscious Living: An acceptability study.

The effectiveness of interventions aiming to promote positive body image in adults: A systematic review (2019)
Journal Article
Guest, E., Costa, B., Williamson, H., Meyrick, J., Halliwell, E., & Harcourt, D. (2019). The effectiveness of interventions aiming to promote positive body image in adults: A systematic review. Body Image, 30, 10-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.04.002

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Theory suggests promoting positive body image (PBI)through interventions would have a significant impact on health and well-being. However, little is known about the effectiveness of existing interventions. This review aimed to id... Read More about The effectiveness of interventions aiming to promote positive body image in adults: A systematic review.

Supporting children with burns: Developing a UK parent-focused peer-informed website to support families of burn-injured children (2019)
Journal Article
Heath, J., Williamson, H., Williams, L., & Harcourt, D. (2019). Supporting children with burns: Developing a UK parent-focused peer-informed website to support families of burn-injured children. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(9), 1730-1735. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.003

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Background: Children's burn injuries can have a significant psychosocial impact on parents. However, the stress involved in caring for a child following a burn can often go unrecognized and does not necessarily prompt help seekin... Read More about Supporting children with burns: Developing a UK parent-focused peer-informed website to support families of burn-injured children.

Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp (2018)
Journal Article
Armstrong-James, L., Cadogan, J., Williamson, H., Rumsey, N., & Harcourt, D. (2019). Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp. Journal of Family Nursing, 25(1), 81-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840718817630

© The Author(s) 2018. A qualitative study using photo-elicitation was conducted to investigate the experiences of family members attending a residential burn camp. Six families were provided with cameras and asked to take photographs of their time at... Read More about Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp.

Commentary – consensus research priorities for facial palsy: A delphi survey of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers (2018)
Journal Article
Hamlet, C., Rumsey, N., Williamson, H., Johnson, K., & Nduka, C. (2018). Commentary – consensus research priorities for facial palsy: A delphi survey of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 71(12), 1785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2018.08.001

Despite the potential negative impact of facial palsy, major gaps in understanding persist surrounding the treatment and care of those affected. This collaborative three-round Delphi process aimed to identify priorities for future facial palsy resear... Read More about Commentary – consensus research priorities for facial palsy: A delphi survey of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers.

Acceptance and commitment therapy for people experiencing appearance - related distress associated with a visible difference: A rationale and review of relevant research (2018)
Journal Article
Zucchelli, F., Donnelly, O., Williamson, H., & Hooper, N. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy for people experiencing appearance - related distress associated with a visible difference: A rationale and review of relevant research. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32(3), 171-183. https://doi.org/10.1891/0889-8391.32.3.171

© 2018 Springer Publishing Company. People may have a visibly different appearance due to various causes, such as congenital conditions, injury, disease, or medical treatment. Some individuals with a visible difference experience social anxiety and i... Read More about Acceptance and commitment therapy for people experiencing appearance - related distress associated with a visible difference: A rationale and review of relevant research.

“It's just more personal”: Using multiple methods of qualitative data collection to facilitate participation in research focusing on sensitive subjects (2018)
Journal Article
Heath, J., Williamson, H., Williams, L., & Harcourt, D. (2018). “It's just more personal”: Using multiple methods of qualitative data collection to facilitate participation in research focusing on sensitive subjects. Applied Nursing Research, 43, 30-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2018.06.015

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. Background: Often researchers use only one interview method within a single study. However, it is increasingly common for a variety of interview methods to be employed within a project. Providing choice to participants may facili... Read More about “It's just more personal”: Using multiple methods of qualitative data collection to facilitate participation in research focusing on sensitive subjects.

Therapeutic writing for eating disorders: A systematic review (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Ramsey-Wade, C., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (2018, June). Therapeutic writing for eating disorders: A systematic review. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 8

There is a need for new and creative psychological therapies for anorexia in particular, as it has the highest bed cost and the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition, and few NICE recommended clinical treatments. Interventions which ca... Read More about Therapeutic writing for eating disorders: A systematic review.

Challenges of recruiting adolescents for appearance-related research in a specialist tertiary hospital (2018)
Journal Article
Gee, C., Williamson, H., Maskell, J., Kimble, R., & Newcombe, P. (2018). Challenges of recruiting adolescents for appearance-related research in a specialist tertiary hospital. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54(11), 1176-1179. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13942

Aim: To discuss the experiences and specific challenges of recruiting adolescents with appearance-altering conditions or injuries for qualitative interviews exploring appearance worry and an acceptability study testing a new online intervention desig... Read More about Challenges of recruiting adolescents for appearance-related research in a specialist tertiary hospital.

Factor structure and convergent validity of the Derriford Appearance Scale-24 using standard scoring versus treating not applicable' responses as missing data: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study (2018)
Journal Article
Merz, E., Kwakkenbos, L., Carrier, M. E., Gholizadeh, S., Mills, S. D., Fox, R. S., …Malcarne, V. L. (2018). Factor structure and convergent validity of the Derriford Appearance Scale-24 using standard scoring versus treating not applicable' responses as missing data: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study. BMJ Open, 8(3), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018641

© 2018 Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article). All rights reserved. Objective Valid measures of appearance concern are needed in systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare, disfiguring autoimmune disease. Th... Read More about Factor structure and convergent validity of the Derriford Appearance Scale-24 using standard scoring versus treating not applicable' responses as missing data: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study.

A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Body Image Dissatisfaction and Weight Self-Stigma in Adults (2018)
Journal Article
Griffiths, C., Williamson, H., Zucchelli, F., Paraskeva, N., & Moss, T. (2018). A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Body Image Dissatisfaction and Weight Self-Stigma in Adults. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 48(4), 189-204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-018-9384-0

© 2018, The Author(s). Body image dissatisfaction (BID) and weight self-stigma are prevalent and associated with physical and psychological ill-health. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is increasingly employed for both, yet little is known abo... Read More about A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Body Image Dissatisfaction and Weight Self-Stigma in Adults.

The provision of specialist psychosocial support for people with visible differences: A European survey (2018)
Journal Article
Harcourt, D., Hamlet, C., Feragen, K. B., Garcia-Lopez, L. J., Masnari, O., Mendes, J., …Williamson, H. (2018). The provision of specialist psychosocial support for people with visible differences: A European survey. Body Image, 25, 35-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.02.001

© 2018 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 n... Read More about The provision of specialist psychosocial support for people with visible differences: A European survey.

An evaluation of the impact of a burn camp on children and young people’s concerns about social situations, satisfaction with appearance and behaviour (2018)
Journal Article
Armstrong-James, L., Cadogan, J., Williamson, H., Rumsey, N., & Harcourt, D. (2018). An evaluation of the impact of a burn camp on children and young people’s concerns about social situations, satisfaction with appearance and behaviour. Scars, Burns & Healing, 4, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/2059513118816219

Introduction: This evaluation aimed to assess the impact of a burn camp on children and young people’s concerns about social situations, satisfaction with appearance and behaviour. Methods: Young people completed the Perceived Stigmatisation Questio... Read More about An evaluation of the impact of a burn camp on children and young people’s concerns about social situations, satisfaction with appearance and behaviour.

Parent-perceived isolation and barriers to psychosocial support: A qualitative study to investigate how peer support might help parents of burn-injured children (2018)
Journal Article
Heath, J., Williamson, H., Williams, L., & Harcourt, D. (2018). Parent-perceived isolation and barriers to psychosocial support: A qualitative study to investigate how peer support might help parents of burn-injured children. Scars, Burns & Healing, 4, https://doi.org/10.1177/2059513118763801

Introduction: Burn injuries can be traumatic and distressing for the affected child and family, with a prolonged period of recovery. This research explores parents’ experiences of support following their child’s injury and their thoughts on peer supp... Read More about Parent-perceived isolation and barriers to psychosocial support: A qualitative study to investigate how peer support might help parents of burn-injured children.