Therapeutic Interventions: Evidence of Effectiveness

Elizabeth Jenkinson

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Therapeutic Interventions: Evidence of Effectiveness

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This article provides an overview of the evidence to date which evaluates the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions designed to help people cope with the psychological challenges of a visible difference. It focuses on psychological interventions, rather than those designed to ameliorate physical symptoms. It also considers the evidence across conditions, in accordance with the research evidence that suggests that the aetiology, extent, and severity of a disfigurement are not predictive of adjustment. The article begins with an outline of the current provision of therapeutic interventions for adults and children, followed by a review of the existing evidence base to support the application of these approaches. It concludes with a discussion of what needs to change and how change can be achieved when attempting to build the evidence base in the field of appearance research.

Keywords: therapeutic interventions; visible difference; psychological interventions; adjustment; adults; children

Article.  6659 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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