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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.

Experiences of living with visible difference: Individual and social reflections (2019)
Journal Article
Sharratt, N. D., Jenkinson, E., Moss, T., Clarke, A., & Rumsey, N. (2019). Experiences of living with visible difference: Individual and social reflections. Health Psychology Update, 28(2),

Many health conditions impact upon an individual’s appearance and result in an altered appearance (“visible difference”). The presence of visible difference is associated with a variety of psychosocial difficulties and challenges, yet calls for an i... Read More about Experiences of living with visible difference: Individual and social reflections.

Translation and pilot study of the Cleft Hearing Appearance and Speech Questionnaire (CHASQ) (2019)
Journal Article
Stiernman, M., Maulina, I., Zepa, I., Jagomägi, T., Tanaskovic, N., Knežević, P., …Persson, M. (2019). Translation and pilot study of the Cleft Hearing Appearance and Speech Questionnaire (CHASQ). European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 42(6), 583-592. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00238-019-01543-9

Background There has been a lack of a standardized protocol for collection of patient reported outcomes (PRO) and detection of and indication for psychological treatment in cleft care. The objectives of this paper was to translate Cleft Hearing Ap... Read More about Translation and pilot study of the Cleft Hearing Appearance and Speech Questionnaire (CHASQ).

Understandings and experiences of visible difference and romantic relationships: A qualitative exploration (2018)
Journal Article
Sharratt, N. D., Jenkinson, E., Moss, T., Clarke, A., & Rumsey, N. (2018). Understandings and experiences of visible difference and romantic relationships: A qualitative exploration. Body Image, 27, 32-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.002

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd The association between disfigurement (‘visible difference’) and romantic relationships has received relatively little consideration in the research literature. This qualitative research, conducted in the United Kingdom, explored... Read More about Understandings and experiences of visible difference and romantic relationships: A qualitative exploration.

Falling through the gap: Dental treatment experiences of patients affected by cleft lip and/or palate (2018)
Journal Article
Stock, N. M., Sharratt, N. D., Heath, J., Nankivell, D., Martindale, A., Ridley, M., …Cunniffe, C. (2018). Falling through the gap: Dental treatment experiences of patients affected by cleft lip and/or palate. British Dental Journal, 225(3), 218-222. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.542

© 2018, Nature Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Introduction In the UK, one in 600–700 infants is born with a cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P). Previous research has identified patients with CL/P to be at high risk of long-term oral health issues... Read More about Falling through the gap: Dental treatment experiences of patients affected by cleft lip and/or palate.

Being Ex-PLISSIT: Addressing visible differences and intimacy with patients (2017)
Journal Article
Sharratt, N. (2017). Being Ex-PLISSIT: Addressing visible differences and intimacy with patients. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 6(3), 144-145. https://doi.org/10.12968/joan.2017.6.3.144

Having previously discussed the possibility that appearance-altering conditions may impact on the intimate and sexual lives of some patients, this article looks more closely at the Ex-PLISSIT model of interaction which may be deployed in discussing t... Read More about Being Ex-PLISSIT: Addressing visible differences and intimacy with patients.

Self-perceptions of romantic appeal in adolescents with a cleft lip and/or palate (2016)
Journal Article
Sharratt, N. D., Feragen, K. B., Stock, N. M., Sharratt, N., & Kvalem, I. L. (2016). Self-perceptions of romantic appeal in adolescents with a cleft lip and/or palate. Body Image, 18, 143-152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.06.009

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd During adolescence, romantic relationships are a key developmental milestone. Coupled with the increasing salience of appearance and social acceptance, adolescents with an appearance-altering condition may feel particularly vulner... Read More about Self-perceptions of romantic appeal in adolescents with a cleft lip and/or palate.

Impact of visible differences on intimacy: The role of health professionals (2015)
Journal Article
Sharratt, N. (2015). Impact of visible differences on intimacy: The role of health professionals. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 4(9), 449-451. https://doi.org/10.12968/joan.2015.4.9.449

An appearance-altering condition can have a negative impact on an individual's psychosocial wellbeing. This may extend into the important spheres of love and intimacy and can affect existing relationships, as well as the formation of new partnerships... Read More about Impact of visible differences on intimacy: The role of health professionals.