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Research Participants require for my study:

Hello All,

I am doctorate student of Counselling Psychology and Existential Psychotherapy at NSPC, Middlesex University London. I am conducting study on ‘Experience of living with Systemic Sclerosis: A phenomenological Inquiry”.

The study is being carried out as part of my studies with NSPC Ltd and Middlesex University. My research interest in this topic is due to my personal experience of living with systemic sclerosis since last 4 years. As I know that living with systemic sclerosis is challenging as it affects every aspect of life from family relationships to holding a job. My aims and objective to conduct this study are: to explore the experience; understand the existential issues in people living with systemic sclerosis and how they confront with their crisis; to understand about the impact of Systemic Sclerosis on different aspects of their lives and how they cope with this disease. Participants will be selected on following criteria.

•Only females would be included.

•All participants aged between 30 to 50 years would be included in the study.

•Professional medical doctors should have given the diagnosis.

•The target population would be either married individuals or those in a stable relationship.

The selected participants will have to be engaged in face to face interviews at Scleroderma Society Building, London. Procedures will include a 60-90 minutes audio-recorded semi-structured interview followed by a non-taped debriefing session. All research ethics have been approved by NSPC and Middlesex University and will be strictly followed. To accomplish my doctorate degree, I have to recruit 6-8 research participants for conducting interview who are suffering from Systemic Sclerosis. Interested Participants can contact to me.

Note: Your participation would be entirely voluntary.

Thank you for supporting me!

Sidra Chaudhry


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Good luck in finding people who fit with your strict criteria. I think you are being ageist in excluding those over 50. They too will have existential issues and face challenges living with scleroderma. A lot can be learned from the older generation. Life doesn't stop at 50!



Thank you for your feedback!

I agree people over 50 could have existential issues as under age of 50. But unfortunately I made age boundaries to be more specific for my research findings.

However, I would be flexible with age criteria. I can extend it 30 to 65. As I know it would be tricky to find participants with strict age criteria.

life does not stop until it expires!

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I think some older people in a study .life goes on in your 60s and 70s with Scleroderma .Having been dx at 53 .


Hi Chockers

Thank you for your reply.

I am 26 years old and diagnose with systemic sclerosis at age of 23.

If It is case, I can extend my age criteria from 30 to 70.


Good luck with your study. It will be interesting to see the findings when completed.


Thanks MDulle

Hope, I will get participants soon.