03:38pm Thursday 17 August 2017

Does having a visible difference impact upon intimate relationships? Participants sought for new study

They would like to interview people who have a visible difference and especially those who are or have been the partner of someone with a visible difference. In each case they are looking for participants aged eighteen years old and older, UK based and willing to speak about their experiences of intimate relationships.

Nick Sharratt, a PhD researcher from CAR, said, “This research is being conducted in an area about which we know very little and which remains under-researched. Existing work suggests that some, but not all, people who have a visible difference find some aspects of intimacy and intimate relationships difficult; however, we need to more fully understand their experiences and their thoughts about this topic. In this call, I’d particularly like to speak to partners of those with a visible difference as very little previous research has considered their perspective and it can be difficult to reach them to let them know that the study is underway.

“The aim is to publish the findings to increase researcher and healthcare professionals’ awareness of how visible differences may impact upon intimate relationships. We also hope to use the findings to develop a measurement tool so that those who find this area of their life problematic may be identified in order that appropriate information and support can be offered.”

If you wish to participate you will be asked to speak with Nick about your thoughts, feelings and experiences of appearance and intimate relationships. This will be done in a one-to-one individual interview (between 30-60 mins) and you will be able to choose whether this will be in person (at a location convenient for you), over the phone or over the internet via skype or a similar service. The interview would be audibly recorded but the recordings will only be used by those people involved in the research. Your comments may be published or presented to others but would be done so anonymously under a pseudonym and you can ask Nick not to directly refer to any incident or event that you may mention.

If you may be interested in participating or you would like more information about the study, please contact the researcher, nick.sharratt@uwe.ac.uk.


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