A snapshot of the lives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome:a photovoice investigation

Williams, Sophie, Sheffield, David and Knibb, Rebecca C. (2016). A snapshot of the lives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome:a photovoice investigation. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (6), pp. 1170-1182.


Polycystic ovary syndrome affects 6  percent of women. Symptoms include hirsutism, acne, and infertility. This research explores the impact of polycystic ovary syndrome on women's lives using photovoice. Nine participants photographed objects related to their quality of life and made diary entries explaining each photograph. Three themes emerged from thematic analysis of the diaries: control (of symptoms and polycystic ovary syndrome controlling their lives), perception (of self, others, and their situation), and support (from relationships, health care systems, and education). These findings illuminate positive aspects of living with polycystic ovary syndrome and the role pets and social networking sites play in providing support for women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105314547941
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic illness,optimism,photovoice,polycystic ovary syndrome,qualitative methods,women’s health,well-being,Applied Psychology
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Published Date: 2016-06
Authors: Williams, Sophie
Sheffield, David
Knibb, Rebecca C. ( 0000-0001-5561-0904)



Version: Accepted Version

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