Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology

University of Sheffield - Psychology

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: Trying to be perfect in an imperfect world: The role of perfectionism in adjustment to skin conditions

Primary supervisor: Dr F Sirois

Co-supervisor(s): Dr A Thompson

Project description:  Perfectionism is a well-established vulnerability factor in mental health. However, the role played by this multidimensional personality construct in physical illness is less well understood. The stress and coping cyclical amplification model of perfectionism in illness (SCCAMPI) has recently been put forward as a framework for understanding the role of perfectionism in disease progression and adjustment. The model suggests that illnesses such as skin conditions, where stress is known to be implicated in disease intensity and progression, are likely to be particularly influenced by perfectionism via its indirect impact on coping and social support. This PhD will investigate the role of perfectionism in adjustment to skin conditions. The final part of the project will examine the use of an intervention aimed at reducing the effects of perfectionism in people with skin conditions.

Suggested readings:

Molnar, D. S., & Sirois, F. M. (2015).Trying to be perfect in an imperfect world: Examining perfectionism in the context of chronic illness. In F. M. Sirois & D. S. Molnar (Eds.), Perfectionism, Health and Well-being (pp. 69-100). Switzerland: Springer.

Sirois, F. M., & Molnar, D. S. (2014). Perfectionism and maladaptive coping styles in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia/arthritis and in healthy controls. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83(6), 384-385.

Start date: 1 October 2018

Requirements:  Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

Funding: Tuition fees £4194 per year Living Expenses £14,500.00

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Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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