Dr Elizabeth McDermott

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My research is concerned with mental health inequality especially in relation to age, sexuality, gender and social class. I have conducted studies investigating suicide, self-harm, emotional distress, wellbeing and happiness. My research attempts to investigate and develop understandings of the social, economic and cultural origins of mental health and wellbeing, and produce evidence which can inform policy and practice.

The social determinants of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth suicidality in England: a mixed methods study
McDermott, E.S., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V.E. 17/10/2017 In: Journal of Public Health. 8 p.
Journal article

Counting for equality: youth, class and sexual citizenship
McDermott, E. 3/08/2017 In: Sexualities research. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Norms and normalisation: understanding LGBTQ youth, suicidality and help-seeking
McDermott, E.S., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V.E. 23/06/2017 In: Culture, Health and Sexuality. 17 p.
Journal article

Online surveys
McDermott, E., Rawlings, V. 14/08/2016 In: The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ studies. Sage
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Social class
McDermott, E. 14/08/2016 In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ studies. Sage
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Queer Future Final Report: Understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) adolescents’ suicide, self-harm and help-seeking behaviour
McDermott, E.S., Hughes, E., Rawlings, V.E. 30/06/2016
Other contribution

Queer youth, suicide and self-harm: troubled subjects, troubling norms
McDermott, E., Roen, K. 24/02/2016 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 196 p. ISBN: 9781137003447.
Book

Asking for help online: lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth, self-harm and articulating the 'failed' self
McDermott, E. 11/2015 In: Health. 19, 6, p. 561-577. 17 p.
Journal article

Explaining self-harm: youth cybertalk and marginalised sexualities and genders
McDermott, E., Roen, K., Piela, A. 11/2015 In: Youth and Society. 47, 6, p. 873-889. 17 p.
Journal article

Avoiding shame: young LGBT people, homophobia and self-destructive behaviours
McDermott, E., Roen, K., Scourfield, J. 04/2015 In: Culture, health and sexuality. Oxon : Routledge p. 207-220. 14 p. ISBN: 9781138015586.
Chapter

‘I felt like the dad in the house’: lesbians’ wellbeing, class and the meanings of paid work
McDermott, E. 2014 In: Sexual orientation at work. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Hard-to-reach youth online: methodological advances in self-harm research
McDermott, E., Roen, K., Piela, A. 06/2013 In: Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 10, 2, p. 125-134. 10 p.
Journal article

Youth on the virtual edge: researching marginalized sexualities and genders online
McDermott, E., Roen, K. 04/2012 In: Qualitative Health Research. 22, 4, p. 560-570. 11 p.
Journal article

The non-display of authentic distress: public-private dualism in young people's discursive construction of self-harm
Scourfield, J., Roen, K., McDermott, E. 07/2011 In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 33, 5, p. 777-791. 15 p.
Journal article

The world some have won: sexuality, class and inequality
McDermott, E. 02/2011 In: Sexualities. 14, 1, p. 63-78. 16 p.
Journal article

Multiplex methodologies: researching young people’s well-being at the intersections of class, sexuality, gender and age
McDermott, E. 2010 In: Theorizing intersectionality and sexuality. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 235-254. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Researching and monitoring young people's sexual orientation: asking the right questions at the right time
McDermott, E. 2010
Other contribution

‘I wanted to be totally true to myself’: class and the making of the sexual self
McDermott, E. 2010 In: Classed intersections. Farnham : Ashgate p. 199-216. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Working-class lesbian life: classed outsiders
McDermott, E. 07/2009 In: American Journal of Sociology. 115, 1, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Making sense of suicide: a discourse analysis of young people's talk about suicidal subjecthood
Roen, K., Scourfield, J., McDermott, E. 12/2008 In: Social Science and Medicine. 67, 12, p. 2089-2097. 9 p.
Journal article

Hospice and palliative care development in India: a multimethod review of services and experiences
McDermott, E., Selman, L., Wright, M., Clark, D. 06/2008 In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 35, 6, p. 583-593. 11 p.
Journal article

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people’s experiences of distress: resilience, ambivalence and self-destructive behaviour
Scourfield, J., Roen, K., McDermott, E. 05/2008 In: Health and Social Care in the Community. 16, 3, p. 329-336. 8 p.
Journal article

Avoiding shame: young LGBT people, homophobia and self-destructive behaviours
McDermott, E., Roen, K., Scourfield, J. 2008 In: Culture, Health and Sexuality. 10, 8, p. 815-829. 15 p.
Journal article

Resilience in resource-poor settings
Bingley, A.F., McDermott, E. 2007 In: Resilience in palliative care: achievement in adversity. Oxford : Oxford University Press 261 p. ISBN: 9780199206414.
Chapter

What is this sunflower thing?: Evaluation of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2005
McDermott, E., Clark, D. 09/2006 In: European Journal of Palliative Care. 13, 5, p. 217.
Journal article

Young mothers and smoking: evidence of an evidence gap
McDermott, E., Graham, H. 09/2006 In: Social Science and Medicine. 63, 6, p. 1546-1549. 4 p.
Journal article

Surviving in dangerous places: lesbian identity performances in the workplace, social class and psychological health
McDermott, E. 05/2006 In: Feminism and Psychology. 16, 2, p. 193-211. 19 p.
Journal article

Making sense of dying: a review of narratives written since 1950 by people facing death from cancer and other diseases.
Bingley, A.F., McDermott, E., Thomas, C., Payne, S., Seymour, J.E., Clark, D. 04/2006 In: Palliative Medicine. 20, 3, p. 183-195. 13 p.
Journal article

Qualitative research and the evidence base of policy: insights from studies of teenage mothers in the UK
Graham, H., McDermott, E. 01/2006 In: Journal of Social Policy. 35, 1, p. 21-37. 17 p.
Journal article

Viewing patient need through professional writings: a systematic 'ethnographic' review of palliative care professionals' experiences of caring for people with cancer. at the end of life.
McDermott, E., Bingley, A.F., Thomas, C., Payne, S., Seymour, J., Clark, D. 01/2006 In: Progress in Palliative Care. 14, 1, p. 9-18. 10 p.
Journal article

The Centre for Evidence-Based Public Health Policy: part of the ESRC evidence network
Petticrew, M., Whitehead, M., Bambra, C., Egan, M., Macintyre, S., McDermott, E. 2006 In: Public health evidence. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 141-154. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Resilient young mothering: social inequalities, late modernity and the ‘problem’ of ‘teenage’ motherhood
McDermott, E., Graham, H. 2005 In: Journal of Youth Studies. 8, 1, p. 59-79. 21 p.
Journal article

What are the views of people affected by cancer and other illnesses about end of life issues? professional and patient perspectives.
Clark, D., Thomas, C., McDermott, E., Bingley, A., Payne, S., Seymour, J. 2005 Macmillan Cancer Relief
Working paper

Telling lesbian stories: interviewing and the class dynamics of 'talk'
McDermott, E. 2004 In: Women's Studies International Forum. 27, 3, p. 177-187. 11 p.
Journal article

‘We just have normal sex’: the perceptions and experiences in sexual health of women who have sex with women in Merseyside and Cheshire
Dockery, G., McDermott, E., Price, J., Shaw, L. 1997 In: The Journal of Contemporary Health. 5, p. 42-46. 5 p.
Journal article