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Prof. Dr. Irmgard Tischner

Professor

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


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  • N. Moller
  • Irmgard Tischner

Young people’s perceptions of fat counsellors: “How can THAT help me?”

In: Qualitative Research in Psychology vol. 16 pg. 34-53.

  • (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.
  • Angewandte Gesundheitswissenschaften
  • GESUND

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)

  • Malson, H., Tischner, I., Herzig, H., Kitney, D., Phillips, C., Norweg, S., Moon, J., Holmes, S., Wild, K., & Oldham-Cooper, R. (2021). Key stakeholder perspectives on primary care for young people with an eating disorder: A qualitative study. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2575
  • Moller, N. P., Clarke, V., Braun, V., Tischner, I., & Vossler, A. (2021). Qualitative story completion for counseling psychology research: A creative method to interrogate dominant discourses. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 68(3), 286–298. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000538
  • Tischner, I., Malson, H. & Fey, K. (2021) Leading ladies: discursive constructions of women leaders in the UK media, Feminist Media Studies, 21:3, 460-476, 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