The role of psychological flexibility on internalised stigma and patient outcomes in IBD

Researchers at King’s College London are looking for adults aged 18+ with a diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to take part in a study investigating the role of ‘psychological flexibility’, in the development of internalised stigma within individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Individuals with IBD are known to experience stigma related to their health condition and this stigma is sometimes internalised (‘internalised stigma’) which can be distressing and disruptive to their lives. ‘Psychological flexibility’ is a term that includes the ability to stand back from distressing thoughts (cognitive defusion), the ability to be able to stay in the here-and-now (mindfulness), being willing to experience distressing emotions (acceptance), and to do what matters despite difficult emotions and thoughts (valued committed action).

This new study funded by King’s College London will assess whether ‘psychological flexibility’ may help explain why some individuals with IBD end up internalising stigma relating to their health condition and others do not.

Details about what it would mean to take part in the study can be seen in this information sheet. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please access the online study here.

You can also contact Darren Reynolds (Trainee Clinical Psychologist) – darren.reynolds@kcl.ac.uk with any questions relating to the study.


This research study is NOT funded or organised by Crohn's & Colitis UK and, therefore, we cannot take responsibility for your involvement in the research. It is a patient’s choice to take part.