Authors: Vivienne Lewis, ACT
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Body image is a person's perception of their physical body including their feelings and attitudes towards it. A negative body image is related to negative mental and physical health and this effect is particularly strong for women who place a high value on their appearance. Recognition of the impact of body image for men is growing and therefore intervention is needed for both. A cognitive-behavioural group intervention program was implemented for adults identifying as having body image concerns. The aim was to educate adults (n = 77) about body image perceptions and their origins, challenge negative beliefs and behaviours associated with body image and improve body image perceptions and impact on life. Pre-and post questionnaires showed improvements in body satisfaction, decreases in negative behaviours associated with body image concerns, decreased body image distress, reduced body consciousness and social physique anxiety. Need for prevention and intervention is discussed.