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Bethany Jones

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PhD Student

Profile:

Beth completed a BSc in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University in 2013. For her final year dissertation project she explored body dissatisfaction within female undergraduate students. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2014. During her MSc she explored the experiences of older adults who were living with an appearance altering burn injury. In 2015 Beth came to Loughborough University to complete a PhD in collaboration with the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

Research:

Beth’s research currently involves exploring the role of body dissatisfaction (negative evaluation of one’s appearance) in transgender people (people who experience incongruence between the gender they were assigned at birth and gender identity). She is interested in determining whether the dissatisfaction this population experience in relation to their bodies impacts (negatively or positively) on physical activity and sport engagement. In addition, she is exploring whether transgender people (especially transgender females) have an athletic advantage in competitive sport, or not.

External Activities:

Beth has been highly commended for poster presentations at the Loughborough University inspiring research conference (11th November 2015) and the Summer Showcase at Loughborough university (23rd June 2016).

Beth has also reviewed papers for the following journals: Journal of Health Psychology, International Journal of Transgenderism, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, European Eating Disorders Review.

She is also currently writing a book chapter that looks at physical activity and sport partition and competition in transgender people.  The book will be published early 2017.

Publications:

Papers:

Jones, B. A., Arcelus, J., Bouman, W. P., & Haycraft, E. (2017). Barriers and facilitators for physical activity and sport participation among young transgender people. International Journal of Transgenderism. Advance online publication.

Arcelus, J., Bouman, W.P., Jones, B.A., Richards, C., Jimenez-Murcia, S., & Griffiths, M.D. (2017).Video gaming and gaming addiction in transgender people: An exploratory study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Advance online publication.

Jones, B. A., Arcelus, J., Bouman, W. P., & Haycraft, E. (2016). Sport and transgender people: a systematic review of the literature relating to sport participation and competitive sport policies. Sports Medicine. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s40279-016-0621-y

Jones, B. A., Haycraft, E., Murjan, S., & Arcelus, J. (2016). Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in trans people: A systematic review of the literature. International Review of Psychiatry, 28(1), 81-94.

Jones, A. B., Buchanan, H., Harcourt, D. (2015). The experiences of older adults living with an appearance altering burn injury: An exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication.doi: 10.1177/1359105315603473

Glidden, D., Bouman, W. P., Jones, B. A., & Arcelus, J. (2016). Gender dysphoria and autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of the literature. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 4(1), 3-14.

Conference proceedings:

 

Jones, B. A., Arcelus, J., Bouman, W. P. & Haycraft, E. (2016). Exploring the challenges that young transgender adults experience when engaging in physical activity and sport. BPS Sexualities conference 2016. Oral presentation.

 

Jones, B. A., Arcelus, J., Bouman, W. P. & Haycraft, E. (2016). Barriers and facilitators of physical activity and sport participation among young transgender adults. British Association of Gender Identity Specialists 2016. Oral presentation.

 

Jones, B. A., Arcelus, J., Bouman, W. P. & Haycraft, E. (2016). Why don't young transgender adults engage in physical activity? East Midlands University Association’s conference at Loughborough University, 1st September 2016. Oral presentation.

 

Jones. B. A., Haycraft, E., Murjan, S., Mepham, Glidden, D., Bouman, W. P. & Arcelus, J. (2016). Being transgender and levels of physical activity: An explorative qualitative study. World Professional Association for Transgender Health, 19th June 2016. Poster presentation.

 

Jones, B. A., Haycraft, E., Richards, C., Robbins-Cherry, S. Baker, K., Bouman, W. & Arcelus, J. (2016). Physical activity in transgender people: a cross-sectional matched control study. World Professional Association for Transgender Health, 20th June 2016. Poster presentation.

 

Jones. B. A., Haycraft, E., Murjan, S., Mepham, Glidden, D., Bouman, W. P. & Arcelus, J. (2016). A explorative study of transgender peoples experiences of physical activity and sport. Summer showcase Loughborough University, 17th June 2016. Poster presentation.

 

Jones, B. A., Haycraft, E., Richards, C., Robbins-Cherry, S. Baker, K., Bouman, W. & Arcelus, J. (2016). A comparison to transgender and cisgender people physical activity levels. Summer showcase Loughborough University, 17th June 2016. Poster presentation.

 

Jones, A. B., Haycraft, E., Murjan, S. & Arcelus, J. (2015). Body image and eating psychopathology in trans people. MHPN 2016. Oral presentation.

 

Keywords for Discipline and Research Area: 

Sport, physical activity, body image, transgender