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Can you pull it off?: Appearance modifying behaviours adopted by wig users with alopecia in social interactions
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-0748
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK.
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK.
2014 (English)In: Body image, ISSN 1740-1445, E-ISSN 1873-6807, Vol. 11, 156-166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the academic and medical literature on alopecia, wigs (hair prostheses) are typically recommended as a coping strategy: a device to camouflage, conceal, or cover hair loss, and cope with the psychological impact of a dramatic change in body image. This paper used Goffman's (1959) theory of impression management to demonstrate (a) the social significance of self-presentation, and (b) how adults with alopecia managed their wig use in their daily lives. Data from 14 interviews, two focus groups and six video diaries with 22 Caucasian adults (19 females, 3 males; 29-74 years, SD= 13.75) with alopecia in Scotland were analysed using discursive psychology. The analysis detailed how participants managed their wig use and behaviours in relation to social interaction with different categories of people. The paper raises concerns about health and medical discourse about wigs as a coping mechanism, and provides practical suggestions for wig users in social settings

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 11, 156-166 p.
Keyword [en]
Alopecia Camouflage Coping Goffman Self-presentation Wig
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Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141151DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.01.004ISI: 000335104800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141151DiVA: diva2:1143932
Available from: 2017-09-23 Created: 2017-09-23 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved

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