Using Retrospective Approaches in the Study of Disfigurement

Martin Persson

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Using Retrospective Approaches in the Study of Disfigurement

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Conducting research in the field of appearance psychology presents many challenges to researchers, including the large range of conditions resulting in physical differences and in many instances the relatively small numbers of people with each variant of each condition, who are often geographically dispersed and who may or may not be actively engaged with treatment. Many researchers have highlighted a need for larger sample sizes and more representative research. This article offers a response to these calls, and uses a population-based study in Sweden to show how very large-scale datasets can identify areas for further research and address questions that would otherwise be difficult and costly to investigate.

Keywords: research; population-based study; Sweden; appearance psychology

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Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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