Prof. Dr. Irmgard Tischner

Academic dean

Women's Representative of THD; Disability Officer (Students)


Zeitschriftenartikel
  • N. Moller
  • V. Clarke
  • V. Braun
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • A. Vossler
Qualitative story completion for counseling psychology research: A creative method to interrogate dominant discourses, vol. 68, pg. 286-298.

In: Journal of Counseling Psychology

  • 2021

DOI: 10.1037/cou0000538

Qualitative story completion (SC) research involves the novel qualitative application of a technique previously used in quantitative research and clinical assessment, in which participants write stories in response to a story "stem" designed by the researcher. The resulting stories are analyzed to identify patterns of meaning using conventional qualitative analytic approaches such as thematic analysis. In place of the more typical self-report methods used in qualitative research, such as interviews or focus groups, the method provides a categorically different way to explore a topic, one which can offer new understandings to counseling psychology researchers. In particular, SC's capacity to illuminate social discourses makes it particularly useful for understanding the potential ways in which socially marginalized populations are understood in therapeutic spaces as well as for understanding how clients of all kinds may make sense of therapeutic interactions. This article provides an introduction to qualitative SC, explaining the method and its origins, and offering practical guidance about how to use it. The method is illustrated with examples from the existing SC literature and a hypothetical study focused on understandings of mental health difficulties in the workplace. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).
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Vortrag
  • Irmgard Tischner
Using story completion tasks to explore perceptions about mental health in a work context. Symposium: More than just a silly story: the exciting potential of Story Completion for qualitative health research.

In: Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World. 4th Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) Conference

  • 2019
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Vortrag
  • N. Moller
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • A. Vossler
Using Story Completion Tasks to explore perceptions about mental health in a work context

In: 25th Annual Research Conference of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

  • 2019
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Vortrag
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • M. Ritthaler
Men, health, masculinity - and pelvic floor exercises

In: 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)

  • 2019
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Vortrag
  • V. Braun
  • Irmgard Tischner
Workshop 3: Story completion for critical health research...

In: 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)

  • 2019
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Malson
  • K. Fey
Leading ladies: discursive constructions of women leaders in the UK media

In: Feminist Media Studies

  • 2019

DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1640266

Women continue to be economically disadvantaged and under-represented in positions of power and leadership. A discursive disjunction between cultural and media representations of women and leadership has been implicated in these continuing inequalities. We address this issue through an analysis of the ways in which prominent women leaders were portrayed in a UK radio series, BBC Radio 4’s “Profile” broadcast between July 2011 and July 2013. Verbatim transcripts of 12 broadcasts featuring women were analysed within a critical feminist framework, to explore the ways in which these women leaders were discursively constructed. Our analysis explicates three constructions of “women leaders”: as “traditionally” feminine; as having to balance “masculine” and “feminine” attributes; and as exceptional women who may nevertheless fail. We conclude that the impact of equality legislation continues to be limited while androcentric norms prevail and that we therefore need more gynocentric ways of imagining women leaders.
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • N. Moller
  • Irmgard Tischner
Young people’s perceptions of fat counsellors: “How can THAT help me?”, vol. 16, pg. 34-53.

In: Qualitative Research in Psychology

  • 2019

DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.153638

Being fat is widely recognised as a stigmatised identity which disproportionately impacts women, both personally and professionally. Women are numerically dominant as therapy practitioners, and we use this group to explore the ways a “fat counsellor” is imagined in the context of counselling. A qualitative story completion task, about a woman starting therapy, was presented to 203 British young people ages 15–24. Participants were 75% female, 88% white, 93% heterosexual, and 98% able-bodied. The story stem did not specify the sex of the counsellor, who was identified as fat; the vast majority of stories assumed the counsellor was female. Overall, fatness was perceived as negatively affecting therapy and the counsellor’s professional credibility because fatness was equated with a lack of psychological health, which rendered fat counsellors professionally “unfit.” This finding extends the literature on “weight bias” in professional settings and has implications for counsellors of all body sizes.
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • Irmgard Tischner
Tomorrow is the start of the rest of their life – so who cares about health? Exploring constructions of weight-loss motivations and health using story completion, vol. 16, pg. 54-73.

In: Qualitative Research in Psychology

  • 2019

DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1536385

In Western societies, health is closely associated with body weight and weight loss, achieved through individual health behaviour. I examined such associations in constructions of weight-loss motivations and health in stories generated using the novel method of story completion. The story stem featured either a female or male protagonist deciding to lose weight; 148 women and 22 men (ages 18–24) provided stories in response. A social constructionist thematic analysis identified five themes: health as clothing size and means to an end; weight-loss activity as good for every woman; tomorrow is going to be the start of the rest of their life; tell me when I’m okay — it’s not about wellbeing; and weight loss as signifier of the “true self.” Considering the adverse social and psychological consequences reflected in the stories and the longstanding elusiveness of successful weight-loss methods, I support calls to review the dominant weight-focused approach to public health.
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Graue Literatur / Bericht / Report
  • H. Malson
  • H. Herzig
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • C. Phillips
  • D. Kitney
  • S. Norweg
  • R. Oldham-Cooper
  • K. Legge
How can we improve primary care for children and young people with EDs? Final Report for NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group
  • 2018
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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • V. Braun
  • V. Clarke
  • N. Hayfield
  • N. Moller
  • Irmgard Tischner
Qualitative story completion: A method with exciting promise
  • 2018
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Vortrag
  • H. Malson
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Herzig
  • S. Norweg
  • D. Kitney
  • C. Philipps
  • J. Moon
  • R. Oldham-Cooper
How can we improve primary care services for young people with an eating disorder?

In: BNSSG Conference on Prevention and Early Intervention for Eating Disorders in Children and Young People

  • 2018
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Vortrag
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Malson
Leading Ladies: Representations of Women Leaders in UK Broadcast Media. BPS Psychology of Women Section

In: BPS Psychology of Women Section 30th Anniversary Annual Conference

  • 2017
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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • V. Clarke
  • N. Hayfield
  • N. Moller
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • The Story Completion Research Group
Once upon a time...: Qualitative story completion methods
  • 2017
This chapter introduces the story completion (SC) method of collecting qualitative data, a novel technique that offers intriguing potential to the qualitative researcher. Since the method is new to qualitative research, it has fewer published research studies than some of the other methods covered in this book. For this reason, the chapter aims not only to provide a description of the method and recommendations for how best to use it, but also to explore some of the unresolved theoretical and practical questions about SC. These questions have been identified by the chapter authors, who comprise the Story Completion Research Group. We are a group of researchers who have come together to share our experience of using and further developing the method (see Box 3.1). Our view is that SC has the potential to ‘reach the parts that other methods cannot reach’ (Pope & Mays, 1995); it therefore has advantages over and above being enticingly resource-lite in terms of data collection, although that in itself is a sizeable benefit.
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Vortrag
  • V. Braun
  • Irmgard Tischner
Exploring the Potential of Story Completion for Critical Health Psychology Research

In: 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology

  • 2017
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • K. Beale
  • H. Malson
  • Irmgard Tischner
Deconstructing ‘real’ women: Young women’s readings of advertising images of ‘plus-size’ models in the UK. Brief Report, vol. 26, pg. 378-386.

In: Feminism & Psychology

  • 2016

DOI: 10.1177/0959353516639616

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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • Irmgard Tischner
Obesity. Overview.
  • 2014
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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • H. Malson
  • E. Halliwell
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • A. Rudolfsdottir
Post-feminist Advertising Laid Bare: Women’s Talk About The Sexually Agentic Woman Of Contemporary Advertising. Reprinted from Feminism & Psychology 21 (1), S. 74–99

In: New Directions in Critical Marketing Studies. Volume 4: The Structuring of Marketing and Consumer Practice (SAGE library in marketing)

  • 2013
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Buch (Monographie)
  • Irmgard Tischner
Fat lives. A feminist psychological exploration

In: Women and psychology

  • 2013
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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Malson
Understanding the ‘too fat’ body and the ‘too thin’ body: A Critical Psychological Perspective
  • 2012
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Malson
Deconstructing health and the un/healthy ‘fat’ woman, vol. 22, pg. 50-62.

In: Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology

  • 2012
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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • N. Hayfield
  • Irmgard Tischner
Appearance Psychology, pg. 1-6.
  • 2012
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • H. Malson
  • E. Halliwell
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • A. Rudolfsdottir
Post-Feminist Advertising Laid Bare: Young Women’s Talk About The Sexually Agentic Woman Of "Midriff" Advertising, vol. 21, pg. 74-99.

In: Feminism & Psychology

  • 2011
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • E. Halliwell
  • H. Malson
  • Irmgard Tischner
Are Contemporary Media Images Which Seem to Display Women as Sexually Empowered Actually harmful to Women?, vol. 35, pg. 38-45.

In: Psychology of Women Quarterly

  • 2011
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • Irmgard Tischner
QMiP Section Conference 2010 - A Change of Tongue: A reflection, vol. 11, pg. 29-31.

In: QMiP Bulletin

  • 2011
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Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Malson
"You can't be supersized?" - Exploring Femininities, Body Size and Control within the Obesity Terrain
  • 2011
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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • Irmgard Tischner
The experience of 'being large': A critical psychological exploration of 'fat' embodiment, vol. 7

In: Body Image Dissertation Abstracts and Summaries

  • 2010

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Zeitschriftenartikel
  • Irmgard Tischner
  • H. Malson
Exploring the Politics of Women’s In/Visible ‘Large’ Bodies, vol. 18, pg. 260-267.

In: Feminism & Psychology

  • 2008
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core competencies

Qualitative research methods in psychological, social and health research. Focusing on poststructuralist, feminist and critical psychological approaches, my research interests generally include issues of social justice and social power inequalities, with a particular interest in gender, appearance, embodiment and health.


Vita

Academic career and qualifications:

05/2017 – 02/2018
Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben, Lehrstuhl Diversitätssoziologie, Fakultät für Sport- und Gesundheitswissenschaften, Technische Universität München

08/2013 – 04/2017
Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

01/2009 – 08/2013
Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK.

09/2009 PhD: The Experience of 'Being Large‘: A Critical Psychological Exploration of 'Fat‘ Embodiment. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK 02/2007 MSc Health Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK 06/2003 BSc (hons) Psychology, The Open University, UK


other

Publications (fm 2016)

  • Tischner, I., Malson, H., & Fey, K. (2019): Leading ladies: discursive constructions of women leaders in the UK media, Feminist Media Studies, DOI:10.1080/14680777.2019.1640266
  • Tischner, I. (2019) Tomorrow is the start of the rest of their life — so who cares about health? Exploring constructions of weight-loss motivations and health using story completion, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16:1, 54-73, DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1536385
  • Moller, N. and Tischner, I. (2019) Young people’s perceptions of fat counsellors: “How can THAT help me?”. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16:1, 34-53 DOI:10.1080/14780887.2018.1536384
  • Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Moller, N., and Tischner, I. (2018 online) Qualitative story completion: A method with exciting promise. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.) Innovative Research Methods in Health Social Sciences. Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (3). Singapore: Springer.
  • Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Moller, N. and Tischner, I. and The Story Completion Research Group (2017) Once upon a time…: Qualitative story completion methods. In: Braun, V., Clarke, V. and Gray, D., eds. (2017) Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107054974 [In Press] Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/29937
  • Hayfield, N. and Tischner, I. (2016) Appearance Psychology. In N. Napes (Ed.) The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (pp.1-6). New York: Blackwells

Conferences (fm 2017)

  • Tischner, I. & Ritthaler, M. (2019) Men, health, masculinity – and pelvic floor exercises. International Society for Critical Health Psychology Conference. Bratislava, July 15-17, 2019
  • Braun, V. & Tischner, I. (2019) Workshop 3: Story completion for critical health research… International Society for Critical Health Psychology Conference. Bratislava, July 15-17, 2019
  • Tischner, I. (2019) Using story completion tasks to explore perceptions about mental health in a work context. Symposium: More than just a silly story: the exciting potential of Story Completion for qualitative health research. Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World. 4th Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) Conference, Friday 22 March 2019, Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, UK.
  • Malson, H., Tischner, I., Herzig, H., Norweg, S., Kitney, D., Phillips, C., Moon, J. & Oldham-Cooper, R. (2018) How can we improve primary care services for young people with an eating disorder? BNSSG conference on prevention and early intervention for eating disorders in children and young people. 2nd October, BAWA, Bristol, UK.
  • Tischner, Irmgard & Malson, Helen (2017). Leading Ladies: Representations of Women Leaders in UK Broadcast Media, BPS Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, 2017, Juli 12-14, Windsor, UK.
  • Braun, Virginia & Tischner, Irmgard (2017) Exploring the Potential of Story Completion for Critical Health Psychology Research. 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, 2017, Juli 9-12, Loughborough, UK.
  • Tischner, I. (2017) Gendered constructions of weight-loss motivations and health citizenship. Individual Paper. Qualitative Research Symposium. University of Bath. 1. February 2017