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Researching Appearance: Models, Theories, and Frameworks

Andrew R. Thompson

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580521.013.0010
Researching Appearance: Models, Theories, and Frameworks

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This article highlights the complexities inherent in researching appearance. It considers several key constructs and theoretical approaches derived from evolutionary, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives which have been proposed to explain how we make judgements concerning appearance both in relation to ourselves and to others. In order to maximize the potential contribution to knowledge, the article advocates a pluralist approach to theorizing. It concludes by offering a broad biopsychosocial framework developed from the research of a large collaboration of UK-based researchers and practitioners.

Keywords: appearance psychology; pluralist approach; biopsychosocial framework; research

Article.  7737 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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