Visibly Different: Coping with Disfigurement

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The opening section of the book gives a flavor of the experience of having a disfigurement. It demonstrates the human experiences of being significantly visibly different compared with the norm, a norm, which is either defined for us by the culture in which we live, or by ourselves. Important characteristics: addresses a neglected but commonly occurring problem; includes contributions from people who are themselves visibly different; opens up the experiences of, and offers guidance to professionals in a range of...
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The opening section of the book gives a flavor of the experience of having a disfigurement. It demonstrates the human experiences of being significantly visibly different compared with the norm, a norm, which is either defined for us by the culture in which we live, or by ourselves. Important characteristics: addresses a neglected but commonly occurring problem; includes contributions from people who are themselves visibly different; opens up the experiences of, and offers guidance to professionals in a range of disciplines working in this area; reviews research in an accessible style; outlines and discusses the importance of appropriate service provision Health care professionals in a range of disciplines, students, families of the disfigured and the disfigured themselves will all find this very readable book of enormous benefit. It is an authoritative and reassuring resource with an innovative approach.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750634243
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Arnold Publications Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradbury, Eileen, BSocFc PGCE DipCOT PhD, Clinical Counsellor in Plastic Surgery, Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of Manchester, UK.
CARR, Tony, BSc PhD DClinPsychol CPsychol AFBPsS, Head of Clinical Teaching Unit, University of Plymouth, UK.
LANSDOWN, RICHARD, PhD FBPsS CPsychol, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Child Health, University of London, UK.
PARTRIDGE, James, MA, Oxon MSc, Director of Changing Faces, London. Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England, UK.
RUMSEY, Nichola, BA, Hons MSc PhD CPsychol, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of the West of England, UK.

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Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: The experience of being visibly different
Introduction to the section
Congenital disfigurement
Acquired disfigurement
Living visibly different
SECTION TWO: Perspectives from research and assessment: Introduction to the section
Types, causes and physical treatment of visible differences
Historical and anthropological perspectives on appearance
Psychological research on visible differences in adults
Problems faced by children and families living with visible differences
Individual differences in adjusting to visible differences
Assessment and measurement in clinical practice
Anthropometry: the physical measurement of visible differences
SECTION THREE: Coping with visible difference: Introduction to the section
Meeting the needs: current service provision
Decision making about treatment
Understanding the problems
Case studies
Support for professional carers
The role of support groups
Conclusion: the way forward
Index
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