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First impressions of young women with Turner syndrome

Cleridou, Kalia; (2019) First impressions of young women with Turner syndrome. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (Univeristy College London). Green open access

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This thesis explores the social difficulties of women with Turner syndrome (TS), and comprises of three parts. The first is a conceptual introduction, that consists of an extended discussion of the psychological and social functioning of women with TS. It considers the limitations of previous research and identifies that a gap in the literature seems to be that others’ impressions of and attitudes towards individuals with TS have been largely overlooked, along with the social implications of such impressions. It then examines the different methods of investigating observer impressions, and their strengths and limitations. The second part comprises of an empirical paper that investigates observer first impressions of women with TS. Young women with TS and typically developing controls were filmed participating in a social performance task. These clips were later presented to observers in various modalities (i.e. Audio-Visual, Video-only, Audio-only, Still Image, Transcript). The observers were asked to rate the women on various personal characteristics, as well as to consider their intentions to engage in further interaction with them. The findings indicated that observers judged women with TS more negatively on all personal characteristics explored in this study, and also reported reduced intent for social engagement with the participants with TS. Implications and limitations are explored. The final part of this thesis is a critical appraisal, that reflects on the process of conducting the research as a whole and discusses the various methodological dilemmas and challenges that were encountered. It also considers in more depth the impact of the findings and their wider implications.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: First impressions of young women with Turner syndrome
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083120
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