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What Impact Does a Bespoke Training Package Have on the Understanding EPs Have of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and their Ability to Identify and Support It?

Mummery, Alexander; (2021) What Impact Does a Bespoke Training Package Have on the Understanding EPs Have of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and their Ability to Identify and Support It? Doctoral thesis (D.Ed.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate a bespoke training package for educational psychologists (EPs) about body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), an under-recognised condition that affects a large number of young people. The training was evaluated in terms of: how well EPs received it and which aspects were most effective; their attitudes towards BDD, particularly in relation to their practice; their knowledge of BDD; their ability to identify and support BDD; and the impact on EP practice in real-terms. A mixed-methods approach was used, incorporating questionnaires before and immediately after the training and again 6 months later. EPs received the training well, particularly interactive elements and those involving the lived experience of young people with BDD. They predominantly felt that BDD was important to their practice. Prior awareness of BDD was low but significant increases were found in terms of knowledge of BDD, as well as self-reported ability to identify and support BDD, all of which were maintained at the 6-month follow-up. EPs felt better equipped to ask about BDD when they suspect it, to cascade information to schools and to make referrals to other professionals when needed, instances of all of which had already occurred at the follow-up. A smaller number felt that direct work with young people with BDD would be possible for low-level cases. The study emphasises the importance of raising awareness of BDD and suggests that this training package is effective for doing so, with impact already being felt on practice. Further deliveries to more EPs and a broader range of professionals should now occur.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Ed.Psy
Title: What Impact Does a Bespoke Training Package Have on the Understanding EPs Have of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and their Ability to Identify and Support It?
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/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 > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131962
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