Nikki Hayfield

Nikki Hayfield
University of the West of England, Bristol | UWE Bristol · Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences

Psychology PhD

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Introduction
Nikki Hayfield currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at UWE, Bristol. Nikki's research interests are in i) bisexualities, pansexualities, asexualities, and LGBTQ+ / sexualities more widely and ii) women's reproductive lives, from being childfree, to peri/menopause. She has published on these and other topics. She uses qualitative research and has also written about methods, in particular thematic analysis.
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - July 2015
University of the West of England, Bristol
Position
  • Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology

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Publications (52)
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This research aimed to explore (predominantly heterosexual) students’ perceptions of sexuality and appearance. A short qualitative survey, which contained questions about the ‘typical appearance’ of lesbians, gay men, bisexual and heterosexual people, was completed by 36 university students. Previous research on dress and appearance in relation to...
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A number of feminist scholars have argued that dress and appearance can be used to critique the dominant culture and explore alternative subjectivities. Research on non-heterosexual visual identities has explored the role that appearance and clothing practices can play in the construction of individual identities and collective communities. However...
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Drawing on interviews with 20 self-identified bisexual women, this paper contributes to the limited psychological literature on bisexual women by exploring their experiences of social marginalisation. These (mainly white and middle class) British bisexual women reported that they did not feel at home in either lesbian or lesbian, gay, bisexual and...
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This article reports a feminist analysis of interview data with 10 British women, in which they discuss sex and affection in their heterosexual relationships. We explore the popular cultural notion that women lack sexual desire and are more concerned with love and affection. Feminist research has highlighted how in mainstream cultural discourses, m...
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In this article, we reflect on the concept of the insider and the outsider in qualitative research. We draw on our different experiences of conducting research with lesbian and bisexual women, using our PhD research projects as case studies to consider our similarities to and differences from our research participants. We highlight the impact that...
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In this paper, we report on our survey research which sought to explore how pansexual and panromantic people experience and understand their identities. Eighty participants, mainly in the U.K., were recruited via social media and internet forums. Thematic analysis resulted in the development of two key themes. In The label depends on the context: I...
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Feminist theorists have often been critical of marriage as an oppressive and patriarchal institution. In the 2000s, debates around the proposed introduction of same-sex civil partnership and marriage centred on recognising rights versus resisting regulation. In December 2019, different-sex civil partnerships became available as a form of relationsh...
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This chapter is part of an open access book: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/bisexuality-europe-emiel-maliepaard-renate-baumgartner/e/10.4324/9780367809881?refId=6b4573a7-d5ef-438c-802b-30daac1781b2
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This chapter provides a critical review of the inter-disciplinary research on voluntary childlessness, examining some of the problematic assumptions that underpin the literature and the image of the childfree woman that emerges as a result. It is not intended as a comprehensive overview of this literature, but rather a feminist engagement with the...
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Prior research has found that asexual people may fantasise or participate in activities typically conceptualised within mainstream society as ‘sexual’. These behaviours may be considered paradoxical when an asexual person is conceptualised as someone who does not experience sexual attraction or desire. This research aimed to explore how kinks and f...
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In 2006, psychologists Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke published a paper entitled Using thematic analysis in psychology in Qualitative Research in Psychology. The paper sought to provide guidance, for psychology colleagues and students, on the conceptualisation, considerations and practice of thematic analysis (TA). Their paper proved unexpected...
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Feminist scholars have identified a “motherhood imperative” in Western cultures, where heterosexual women are understood to both want, and have, children. However, social shifts have resulted in a decrease in pronatalism as well as an increase in social recognition of the parenting desires of same-sex parents. Despite a resurgence of interest in ch...
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This chapter maps the terrain of thematic analysis (TA), a method for capturing patterns (“themes”) across qualitative datasets. We identify key concepts and different orientations and practices, illustrating why TA is often better understood as an umbrella term, used for sometimes quite different approaches, than a single qualitative analytic appr...
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This chapter introduces the story completion (SC) method of collecting qualitative data, a novel technique that offers exciting potential to the qualitative researcher. SC involves a researcher writing a story “stem” or “cue” – or, more simply put, the start of a story, usually an opening sentence or two – and asking the participants to complete or...
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FULL TEXT NOT AVAILABLE, PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST, ANY REQUESTS WILL BE DECLINED This chapter maps the terrain of thematic analysis (TA), a method for capturing patterns ("themes") across qualitative datasets. We identify key concepts and different orientations and practices, illustrating why TA is often better understood as an umbrella term, used fo...
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Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke, Hannah Frith, Nikki Hayfield, Helen Malson, Naomi Moller, and Iduna Shah-Beckley came together at the University of the West of England (UWE) in July 2017 to discuss and share their enthusiasm for the story completion method. Virginia nominally “led” the discussion to keep us on track. This is a transcript of the di...
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Our special issue “New Frontiers of Family: LGBTQ People Pushing Back the Boundaries of Family” has brought together six exciting articles that each reconceptualize families formed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people beyond the Standard North American Family model (SNAF; Smith, 1993). The SNAF has been the dominant ideologica...
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Evidence suggests that most lesbians remain childless, but little is known about the childfree lesbian experience. The current study qualitatively explores the experiences of five childfree lesbians. The results show that even for a group for which childlessness is arguably still presumed, it remains socially difficult to articulate a desire to rem...
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*Online first now available: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780887.2018.1536390 Abstract: This study sought to develop knowledge about understandings of sexuality and appearance, by using a story completion task combined with an innovative visual methodology. Fifty-four (mainly female) participants were randomly assigned to comple...
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Evidence suggests that most lesbians remain childless, but little is known about the childfree lesbian experience. The current study qualitatively explores the experiences of five childfree lesbians. The results show that even for a group for which childlessness is arguably still presumed, it remains socially difficult to articulate a desire to rem...
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Many negative portrayals of bisexuality within Western culture relate to relationships, yet only a small body of research has explored bisexual people’s experiences of their bisexual identity within their partner relationships, particularly within the wider cultural context of binegativity. Twenty qualitative interviews were conducted with bisexual...
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Body image pressures for heterosexual women are well established. However, lesbian body image is less well understood, while bisexual women have largely been overlooked within the psychological literature. Further, women's investment in 'traditional' appearance practices associated with femininity are underexplored. The current study explored diffe...
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In her Doctoral studies, she explores how bisexuality - which is persistently culturally associated with temporariness, multiple partners and promiscuity - fits, fights and expands the normative cultural understandings of relationships. Her research specifically examines how a sample of Finnish bisexual women and their (ex-)partners of various gend...
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This chapter introduces the story completion (SC) method of collecting qualitative data, a novel technique that offers intriguing potential to the qualitative researcher. Since the method is new to qualitative research, it has fewer published research studies than some of the other methods covered in this book. For this reason, the chapter aims not...
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Body image pressures for heterosexual women are well established. However, lesbian body image is less well understood, while bisexual women have largely been overlooked with the psychological literature. Further, women's investment in 'traditional' appearance practices associated with femininity are under explored. The current study explored differ...
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Most mainstream appearance psychology has been located within health psychology and has focused on how appearance can become a concern for those with congenital or acquired visible differences or ?disfigurements.? Other appearance research has focused on body image and appearance in relation to gender and sexuality from both mainstream and critical...
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Please see a pre-publication proof on the UWE repository: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/24794/
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This chapter provides an introduction to thematic analysis (TA). We highlight the unique features of TA, including its flexibility, and its status as a technique that can be used within a wide variety of approaches to qualitative research. We then provide a detailed description of doing TA, using Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke’s six-phase appro...
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The term ‘bisexual’ is generally used in minority Western cultures to refer to an individual who experiences sexual attraction to more than one gender - or whose attractions are based on characteristics other than gender (e.g. build or eye colour). As we will show in this chapter, psychology is deeply implicated in the construction of current cultu...
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This paper provides a review of the psychological literature on LGBT appearance and embodiment. Research on ‘outsider’ perceptions of LGBT appearance and embodiment has focused on the links between perceptions of physical attractiveness and homosexuality, and physical attractiveness and transsexuality, and on the detection of homosexuality from vis...
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This article reports on a conversation between 12 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) psychologists at the first international LGBT Psychology Summer Institute at the University of Michigan in August 2009. Participants discuss how their work in LGBT psychology is affected by national policy, funding and academic contexts and the transnati...

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Exploring the meanings and experiences of appearance, embodiment and identity for members of LGB communities through qualitative and quantitative research
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This overarching project encompasses a number of smaller projects - including a project funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant Scheme entitled 'Lived experiences of voluntary childlessness for heterosexual and nonheterosexual women: Negotiating stigma, identity and the life-course'.
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This project by the Story Completion Research Group centres on the development and understanding of the innovative and creative method of story completion as a qualitative research tool - we are both conducting empirical research using story completion on a wide variety of topics and producing guidance on the implementation of the story completion as a qualitative research technique - read more here: https://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/story-completion/about-story-completion.html