Exploring the relationship between attachment and psychosocial adjustment in children with congenital dermatological disfigurements.
Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).
This thesis explores the relationship between attachment and psychosocial adjustment in children with congenital dermatological disfigurements. It is part of a joint project carried out with two other trainees from DCL (Jenny Gibson and Khibza Hussain) and a trainee from Royal Holloway (Rebecca Mason) (see Appendix A for details). Part 1, the Literature Review, systematically considers the small evidence base of empirical studies that have investigated the nature of the attachment relationship in children with congenital disfigurements. The studies reviewed find little evidence for disruption to the attachment relationship in this clinical group. In Part 2, the Empirical Paper, the study carried out focuses on a clinical population of school-aged children with congenital dermatological disfigurements. The aim of the study was to explore the relationship between attachment and psychological adjustment in this specific group. The study found that the-levels of difficulty children with congenital dermatological disfigurements experienced in specific areas of adjustment could be differentiated on the basis of their attachment style. In Part 3, the Critical Appraisal, reflections are made on some of the issues that arose as a result of carrying out research in this field. Four areas are focused on; defining and understanding central concepts in the research, thinking in terms of resilience rather than difficulties, and the cultural and social implications of research in this field.
|Title:||Exploring the relationship between attachment and psychosocial adjustment in children with congenital dermatological disfigurements|
|Additional information:||Thesis in two volumes: volume 2 is restricted|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of)|
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