Self-injurious behaviour in people with Prader-Willi syndrome

Bull, Leah Elizabeth (2015). Self-injurious behaviour in people with Prader-Willi syndrome. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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Volume one contains a systematic literature review, an empirical chapter and a public domain briefing. The review explored the phenomenology of skin picking (a self-injurious behaviour) in people with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). A number of characteristics were well described with some areas of limited research, e.g. frequency and duration. Skin picking in people with PWS and in the typically developing population was compared showing that there were more similarities than differences. The empirical chapter further explored the phenomenology of skin picking in people with PWS and associated management techniques by using a semi-structured interview. Informants reported on the age of onset, frequency and duration of skin picking, type of skin picked, damage caused, antecedents and the influence of pain. The most common management strategy used by parents and carers was distraction and the majority of participants with PWS did not have their own management strategy to try to reduce skin picking. Results of both chapters are discussed within the context of previous research and the clinical implications are considered.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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