Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Aislinn Addington and Peter Callero

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

The role of food allergies in the process of identity construction is understudied in adult populations. Past research has explored the mental/emotional, social, and physical impacts of food allergies in children; however, less is known about adult experiences. Regardless of age, individuals with severe allergies must modify their behaviors to prevent reactions and comfortably navigate life. As evidence suggests a connection between childhood food allergy and self-perception, it is unknown if these attitudes and behaviors contribute to their construction of adult identities. There is much to discover regarding the manifestation and development of allergic practices in adults, as well as the social influences responsible for them. This study aims to examine how self-reported perceptions of allergy-specific experiences relate to identity construction in food-allergic young adults.

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