Acceptance-based Self-help for Individuals With Visible Difference and Social Anxiety

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United Kingdom
Age 18+; living with alopecia areata, totalis or universalis
University of Sheffield

Individuals with visible difference commonly experience appearance-related social worry. There are limited resources to help people with appearance-related distress, so internet-provided self-help interventions may be beneficial. An online self-help intervention based upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been developed.

What is the study about?

This study examines whether a self-help booklet based upon ACT is effective in improving social confidence in adults with a visible difference who experience appearance-related social worry.

Who is being invited to take part?

We are asking adults with a visible difference who experience appearance-related social worry to take part. To take part, you need to be fluent in the English language and not currently receiving psychological therapy.

What will participants be asked to do?

We will ask participants to complete some questionnaires on two occasions, four weeks apart. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive the self-help booklet straight away and the other group will receive it in four weeks’ time. Those receiving the intervention straight away, are asked to work through it in the four-week period.

By taking part in this study, participants also have a chance to win one of two £25 Amazon gift vouchers.

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