Body Image: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

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This uniquely integrative handbook provides a comprehensive account of current theory, research, and clinical practice in the area of body image and body image disorders. The volume's 57 brief chapters have been contributed by internationally recognized experts from diverse mental health, medical, and allied health care disciplines. Conceptual approaches for understanding body image are reviewed, lifespan developmental factors examined, and the influences of gender, physical characteristics, family factors, sexual orientation, and sociocultural variables evaluated. Cutting-edge information is presented on understanding and treating such problems as eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and negative body image experiences associated with disease or other physical conditions. Specific assessment techniques are reviewed and evaluated, and the evidence is examined for a wide range of clinical management approaches, including contemporary psychosocial treatments, weight loss and fitness regimens, psychopharmacology, and surgical interventions.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The subjective representation and experience of the physical body is an essential ingredient of our personality. While most often an adaptive and silent aspect of normal functioning, the 'body image' may become deeply embroiled in conflict and pathology--most notably in anorexia and bulimia--but in many other common psycho-medical conditions as well. Drs. Cash and Pruzinsky have brought to bear years of specialized experience."--Leo Goldberger, PhD, Department of Psychology, New York University

"It is a pleasure to find a book that so ably fulfills its purpose with authority and thoroughness, and without pedantry or tedium. This well-edited volume will be helpful--even indispensable--to students and professionals concerned with body image and its alterations: real or imagined, congenital, developmental, or acquired. Pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, urologists, oncologists, internists, and others will find the range of the chapters extensive and their readability admirable."--Robert M. Goldwyn, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Editor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

"Everyone has heard that body image dissatisfaction is common enough in teenage girls to be considered a normative discontent. Few, however, know exactly what body image is, how it changes over the life cycle, or how best to measure it. Moreover, few realize that body image is as relevant to such fields as dentistry, dermatology, and oncology as it is to psychology and psychiatry. Cash and Pruzinsky have assembled the world's experts to produce this definitive volume. It will be read eagerly by undergraduate and graduate students, but particularly by practitioners who seek to alleviate the distress associated with negative body image in its many manifestations. This is a 'must read.'"--Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"This remarkable handbook is encyclopedic in scope. It manages to cover in one volume all aspects of body image--from developmental and cultural aspects to psychological, pharmacological, and surgical interventions. It will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in body image and its disorders."--Christopher G. Fairburn, FRCPsych, FMedSci, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK

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Building on their Body images: development, deviance, and change (1990), Cash (psychology, Old Dominion U., Norfolk, VA) and Pruzinsky (psychology, Quinnipiac U., psychology of plastic surgery, New York U. School of Medicine) introduce 56 papers on the conceptual foundations of, and multiple perspectives on, the experience of embodiment. Perspectives include developmental, assessment, individual and cultural differences, issues in medical contexts, and negative body image changes through surgical and psychosocial interventions. Lastly, the editors make recommendations primarily relating to refining the body image construct. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572307773
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Cash, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He has published over 150 scientific articles and chapters on the psychology of physical appearance. The developer of an empirically supported program to help people have a more positive body image, Dr. Cash has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals and is currently founding a new international journal of body image scholarship. His website is located at

Thomas Pruzinsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Quinnipiac University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine. His research and clinical interests focus on the psychological aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and he has published numerous articles and chapters on these topics. Dr. Pruzinsky has served as a manuscript reviewer for [i]Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery[/i], [i]Health Psychology[/i], and the [i]Cleft Palate/n-/Craniofacial Journal[/i].

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding Body Images: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Thomas Pruzinsky and Thomas F. Cash
2. Physical Attractiveness: A Sociocultural Perspective
Linda A. Jackson
3. The Brain and Body Awareness
Marcel Kinsbourne
4. Psychodynamic Perspectives on Body Image
David W. Krueger
5. Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives on Body Image
Thomas F. Cash
6. An Information-Processing Perspective on Body Image
Donald A. Williamson, Tiffany M. Stewart, Marney A. White,
and Emily York-Crowe
7. Feminist Perspectives and Objectified Body Consciousness
Nita Mary McKinley
8. Body Image Development in Children
Linda Smolak
9. Body Image Development in Adolescence
Michael P. Levine and Linda Smolak
10. Body Image Development: Adulthood and Aging
Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Karyn M. Skultety
11. Media Influences on Body Image Development
Marika Tiggemann
12. Familial Influences on Body Image Development
Ann Kearney-Cooke
13. Interpersonal Influences on Body Image Development
Stacey Tantleff-Dunn and Jessica L. Gokee
14. Sexual Abuse and Body Image
Patricia Fallon and Diann Ackard
15. Body Image Assessment of Children
Rick M. Gardner
16. Measuring Perceptual Body Image among Adolescents and Adults
J. Kevin Thompson and Rick M. Gardner
17. Measuring Body Image Attitudes among Adolescents and Adults
J. Kevin Thompson and Patricia van den Berg
18. Projective Techniques to Assess Body Image
Lisa M. Radika and Bert Hayslip, Jr.
19. Beyond Traits: Assessing Body Image States
Thomas F. Cash
20. Assessing Body Image and Quality of Life in Medical Settings
Thomas Pruzinsky and Thomas F. Cash
21. Body Image Concerns among Girls and Women
Ruth H. Striegel-Moore and Debra L. Franko
22. Body Image Issues among Boys and Men
Patricia Westmoreland-Corson and Arnold Andersen
23. Obesity and Body Image
Marlene B. Schwartz and Kelly D. Brownell
24. Body Image and Muscularity
Roberto Olivardia
25. Body Image and Athleticism
Caroline Davis
26. Body Image and Congenital Conditions with Visible Differences
Nichola Rumsey
27. African American Body Images
Angela A. Celio, Marion F. Zabinski, and Denise E. Wilfley
28. Asian American Body Images
Kathleen Y. Kawamura
29. Hispanic Body Images
Madeline Altabe and Keisha-Gaye N. O'Garo
30. Gay and Lesbian Body Images
Esther D. Rothblum
31. A "Negative Body Image": Evaluating Epidemiological Evidence
Thomas F. Cash
32. Body Image and Social Relations
Thomas F. Cash and Emily C. Fleming
33. Body Image and Sexual Functioning
Michael W. Wiederman
34. Body Image and Anorexia Nervosa
David M. Garner
35. Body Image and Bulimia Nervosa
Eric Stice
36. Body Image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Katharine A. Phillips
37. Body Image Disturbances in Psychotic Disorders
Thomas Pruzinsky
38. Body Image Issues in Dermatology
John Y. M. Koo and Jensen Yeung
39. Body Image Issues in Dental Medicine
H. Asuman Kiyak and Marisa Reichmuth
40. Body Image Issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Leslie J. Heinberg and Angela S. Guarda
41. Body Image and Urological Disorders
Steven M. Tovian
42. Body Image Issues in Endocrinology
Jane Gilmour
43. Body Images in Oncology
Craig A. White
44. Rehabilitation Medicine and Body Image
Bruce D. Rybarczyk and Jay M. Behel
45. Body Image Issues in Individuals with HIV and AIDS
Elizabeth Chapman
46. Weight Loss and Changes in Body Image
Gary D. Foster and Patty E. Matz
47. Fitness Enhancement and Changes in Body Image
Kathleen A. Martin and Catherine M. Lichtenberger
48. Cosmetic Surgery and Changes in Body Image
David B. Sarwer
49. Optimizing Body Image in Disfiguring Congenital Conditions: Surgical and
Psychosocial Interventions
Nichola Rumsey
50. Body Image Adaptation to Reconstructive Surgery for Acquired Disfigurement
Thomas Pruzinsky
51. Psychopharmacological Treatments for Body Image Disturbances
Andrea Allen and Eric Hollander
52. Psychodynamic Approaches to Changing Body Image
David W. Krueger
53. Experiential Approaches to Changing Body Image
Judith Ruskay Rabinor and Marion A. Bilich
54. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Changing Body Image
Thomas F. Cash and Melissa D. Strachan
55. Psychoeducational Approaches to the Prevention and Change of Negative Body Image
Andrew J. Winzelberg, Liana Abascal, and C. Barr Taylor
56. Ecological and Activism Approaches to the Prevention of Body Image
Michael P. Levine and Linda Smolak
57. Future Challenges for Body Image Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice
Thomas F. Cash and Thomas Pruzinsky
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