Facing Self-Esteem

Facing Self-Esteem

A new research collaboration led by The University of Queensland’s Child Health Research Centre is working to help children with facial disfigurements feel better about themselves.

Based on an 8-week online self-management program developed at the University of the West of England, Bristol, the study will aim to help teens aged 12 to 17 cope with appearance anxiety, negative thoughts and unwanted attention. “It helps children face everyday situations with greater self-esteem and confidence by exploring common social scenarios like going to the movies,” says UQ PhD student, Caroline Gee.

If necessary, the researchers will look at ‘Australianising’ the program to suit Aussie kids. They will also interview kids with altered appearances to identify gaps in the support they currently get.

The program was found to be a big help to adults in the UK; more at bit.ly/2dc4rbc

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