A substantial body of research has demonstrated the challenges commonly facing people with visible differences (disfigurements) and explored the potential benefits offered by specialist psychosocial support and intervention for those who are negatively affected. However, little is known about the availability of such support in Europe for people whose appearance is in any way different to ‘the norm’. This survey of 116 psychosocial specialists from 15 European countries, working with a range of patient groups, has shown a tendency for specialists to prioritise Cognitive-behavioural-based approaches, amongst a wide range of other approaches and interventional techniques. It indicates variations in the availability of support, and a perceived need for improved access to interventions, additional training, and greater awareness of the psychosocial issues associated with visible differences.

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Keywords Disfigurement, Europe, Intervention, Psychosocial support, Survey, Visible difference
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.02.001, hdl.handle.net/1765/114548
Journal Body Image
Citation
Harcourt, D. (Diana), Hamlet, C. (Claire), Feragen, K.B. (Kristin Billaud), Garcia-Lopez, L.-J. (Luis-Joaquin), Masnari, O. (Ornella), Mendes, J. (Jose), … Williamson, H. (Heidi). (2018). The provision of specialist psychosocial support for people with visible differences: A European survey. Body Image, 25, 35–39. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.02.001