Nick Sharratt, a PhD researcher from the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England is looking for participants for a study that will examine the impact of visible differences and appearance altering conditions upon intimacy and intimate relationships in an adult (18+) population. This is an under-researched area and so Nick hopes to increase our understanding of peopleís experiences, behaviours, thoughts and feelings related to this intimacy and altered appearance.
The initial study will involve individual interviews with those who have visible differences and also (separately) with current / former partners of such persons. These interviews will be conducted at the University, at a location convenient to the participant or via phone or Skype. It will be the participantís choice which method they would prefer to use. The initial study will then inform the design of a measurement scale that will be designed and tested so that it may be possible to identify those that could benefit from support or intervention if they feel unable to fully engage in intimate relationships as a result of their appearance.
Nick hopes to include participants with a broad range of conditions and from a broad demographic in order to capture as wide and as comprehensive a range of experiences as is possible. He is hoping to speak to some people who have an altered appearance as a result of Alopecia so that their experiences can be represented and reflected in this research.
If you would be interested in taking part in this study you can read the full Participant Information Sheet, which includes Nick's contact details.
We also include a copy of the consent form.
If you do have any questions about taking part, please contact Nick directly.