16th August 2013

Grant success for Drs Lavda, Millings and Thompson: "Can attachment style predict coping and success of coping-based interventions in people with skin conditions?"

Drs Lavda, Millings and Thompson have secured a grant of £9,757 from the British Skin foundation for a project entitled 'Can attachment style predict coping and  success of coping-based interventions in people with skin conditions?'. The project summary is below

Skin conditions impact on patients’ psychological as well as physical well-being and interpersonal difficulties are common. Also, effective self-care and adherence to treatment can be particularly poor for dermatology patients and evidence suggests that this leads to poor dermatologic outcomes.

Attachment theory provides a framework within which to understand how people regulate their emotions during threat and stress and particularly in terms of their social relationships. It has also been shown to predict coping in health conditions such as diabetes, with particular attachment styles being predictive of avoidant  coping strategies and poor treatment adherence.

No research to date has investigated the impact of attachment on coping in people with skin conditions, or clinical interventions to boost coping in ‘hard to treat’ patients.

The proposed research will i) explore the relationship between attachment style and psychological coping with visible skin conditions; and ii) pilot test a compassion focused self-help psychological intervention among people with skin conditions with insecure attachment styles.

This project will comprise critical groundwork for the development of effective, widely accessible, resilience-boosting self-help interventions for people with visible skin conditions.