An exploration of body image and self-esteem in adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs): a qualitative study and clinical research portfolio

Casselden, Louisa (2015) An exploration of body image and self-esteem in adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs): a qualitative study and clinical research portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Introduction. Adolescents with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) have to negotiate the tasks of growing up while coping with their ICD device. Current research on the psychosocial effect of ICDs in this population is limited. Issues of body image may be particularly salient for adolescents with visible health conditions, as they experience typical physical and emotional development in addition to the burden of their health condition. This study aims to explore the effect of having an ICD device on adolescent’s body image and self-esteem, and other challenges they encounter. Method. This study utilised a qualitative research design comprised of in-depth individual interviews lasting between thirty minutes to one hour. Participants were recruited from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Results. The sample comprised four males aged between 12-17 years old. Six superordinate themes emerged from the analysis of the transcripts: Physical effect, Emotional impact, Sense of self, Coping Strategies, Development over time and Evaluation of ICD. Conclusions. The findings suggested that ICDs influenced participant’s sense of self, and for some had a negative effect on body image. Although some negative consequences of having an ICD were identified, participants showed a determination to overcome challenges and a positive progression in adjustment over time.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Artificial heart pacemaker, cardiac arrhythmia, paediatric, children, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Jackson, Dr. Alison and Sarah, Dr. Wilson
Date of Award: 2015
Depositing User: Dr Louisa Casselden
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-6700
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 13:22
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 11:04
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/6700

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