Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance / Edition 1

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Body image is a powerful factor in how people feel about themselves. If one suffers from body image disturbance, it often leads to a host of difficulties, ranging from low self-esteem to bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and body dysmorphic disorders. Successfully integrating explanations from social, interpersonal, feminist, and behavioral-cognitive psychology, Exacting Beauty is packed with invaluable research, case histories and descriptions, and treatment guidance. Clinicians, practitioners, and researchers will value this book for its rich, up-to-date coverage of how psychology grapples with the troubling relationship between psychological health and body image.

"...a provacative analysis that integrates explanations from social, interpersonal, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral psychology...packed with research, case histories, descriptions, and treatment guidance."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557985415
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 7.21 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits and Tables
List of Appendixes
An Introduction to the Concept of Body Image Disturbance: History, Definitions, and Descriptions 3
Pt. I An Overview: Prevalence, Diversity, Assessment, and Treatment
1 The Scope of Body Image Disturbance: The Big Picture 19
2 An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Strategies 51
Pt. II Societal and Social Approaches
3 Sociocultural Theory: The Media and Society 85
4 Social Comparison Processes 125
Pt. III Interpersonal Approaches
5 Appearance-Related Feedback 151
6 Interpersonal Factors: Peers, Parents, Partners, and Perfect Strangers 175
Pt. IV Feminist Approaches
7 Feminist Perspectives 211
8 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment 235
Pt. V Behavioral, Cognitive, and Integrative Approaches
9 Behavioral Aspects of Disturbance: Conditioning, Context, and Avoidance 251
10 Cognitive-Processing Models 271
11 Future Directions: Integrative Theories, Multidimensional Assessments, and Multicomponent Interventions 311
References 333
Author Index 377
Subject Index 387
About the Authors 395
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