The lived experience of alopecia areata: A qualitative study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92617
Title:
The lived experience of alopecia areata: A qualitative study
Authors:
Welsh, N. (Nina); Guy, A. (Alison)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside
Citation:
Welsh, N. and Guy, A. (2009) 'The lived experience of alopecia areata: A qualitative study', Body Image, 6 (3), pp.194-200.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Body Image
Issue Date:
Jun-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92617
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.03.004
Abstract:
This study explored experiences of individuals living with alopecia areata (AA) and alopecia universalis (AU) and investigated their accounts of adjusting to, and coping with, such conditions. Whilst previous research has primarily focused on the adverse psychosocial impact of alopecia, this investigation used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to provide a more holistic perspective. Biographical interviews were undertaken with 12 participants (7 women; 5 men) diagnosed with alopecia for periods ranging between 2 and 49 years. Results revealed that strategies used by participants evolved over time and that there were clear gender differences. In the early stages, participants did not want to contemplate that their hair loss would be lasting and managed the condition via concealment. Later coping strategies reflected an embodied acceptance with participants managing the effects of AA/AU and becoming more optimistic about living with the condition. Limitations of the study are discussed as well as implications for patient care.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
alopecia areata; body image; coping strategies; facial appearance; experiences; qualitative
ISSN:
1740-1445
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 22/02/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 22/02/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWelsh, N. (Nina)en
dc.contributor.authorGuy, A. (Alison)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-22T11:15:12Z-
dc.date.available2010-02-22T11:15:12Z-
dc.date.issued2009-06-
dc.identifier.citationBody Image; 6 (3): 194-200en
dc.identifier.issn1740-1445-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.03.004-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/92617-
dc.description.abstractThis study explored experiences of individuals living with alopecia areata (AA) and alopecia universalis (AU) and investigated their accounts of adjusting to, and coping with, such conditions. Whilst previous research has primarily focused on the adverse psychosocial impact of alopecia, this investigation used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to provide a more holistic perspective. Biographical interviews were undertaken with 12 participants (7 women; 5 men) diagnosed with alopecia for periods ranging between 2 and 49 years. Results revealed that strategies used by participants evolved over time and that there were clear gender differences. In the early stages, participants did not want to contemplate that their hair loss would be lasting and managed the condition via concealment. Later coping strategies reflected an embodied acceptance with participants managing the effects of AA/AU and becoming more optimistic about living with the condition. Limitations of the study are discussed as well as implications for patient care.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 22/02/2010]en
dc.subjectalopecia areataen
dc.subjectbody imageen
dc.subjectcoping strategiesen
dc.subjectfacial appearanceen
dc.subjectexperiencesen
dc.subjectqualitativeen
dc.titleThe lived experience of alopecia areata: A qualitative studyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teessideen
dc.identifier.journalBody Imageen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 22/02/2010]en
or.citation.harvardWelsh, N. and Guy, A. (2009) 'The lived experience of alopecia areata: A qualitative study', Body Image, 6 (3), pp.194-200.-
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