Young people’s experiences of BDD in education

A research study by Dr Nicole Schnackenberg

BDD most typically emerges in adolescence and is estimated to affect 2.2% of the UK adolescent population. There is a dearth of research into children’s and young people’s lived experiences of BDD, particularly in relation to educational contexts. Using Constructivist Grounded Theory methodology, interview data from 10 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 were analysed for this study.

Findings informed the development of a psychological model of BDD in young people: The Shame Identity Model of BDD in Young People. This paper focuses on the educational aspects of this model. Implications for educational professionals are discussed.

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