Long time no write (again). It's been a whirlwind tour of graduate school, but I successfully defended my dissertation last week. All I have left is my internship, then I'm done with my doctorate. For those who know me, seems like yesterday that I bailed on the corporate world to go back to psychology.
Anyway, that's my excuse for my lack of involvement around here. But, I did want to put up a post about
my dissertation and its findings since many of you participated in my study. For that I am incredibly thankful!
If you are interested in the results of the study, I can share them with you via email. I can't post them directly here yet since I'm working on getting the data published. I can say that perceived or "felt" stigma was present in people with IBD, and it was a predictor of several outcomes including IBD symptoms, emotional and social functioning, and if people are adherent to taking their meds or not. While the findings of this study are exciting, there is much work to be done. My sample was limited so I can't say that these results are entirely generalizable to all of IBD. I plan on continuing along this line of research for many years. I had an abstract at DDW that reported some of this as well.
I would like to again extend my thanks to those on the board who participated, and to Peter for letting me recruit people here. You've made a real difference in helping the medical/psychological community better understand the social impact of IBD. This is the first study really looking at the role of stigma in IBD. Hopefully there will be many more to follow. If I do get published, I will let you know how to get a copy of the article.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope all is well with my old friends whom I've lost touch with. And welcome to the new people.
"Only the meek get pinched...the bold survive."