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Who is Affected by Appearance Concerns, in What Way, and Why?: Overview

Diana Harcourt and Nichola Rumsey

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/9780199580521.013.0012
Who is Affected by Appearance Concerns, in What Way, and Why?: Overview

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This article provides an overview of Section II of this book. A recent online questionnaire study of more than 800 young people from the UK, aged 11–18 years, showed that 34% of boys and 49% of girls had been on a diet to change their body shape and more than 50% of 1200 girls and young women aged 16–21 years report that they would consider undergoing cosmetic surgery to change their appearance. Whilst these figures suggest that dissatisfaction is endemic, a sizeable proportion of respondents nevertheless reported being satisfied with and, in many instances, proud of the way they look. This section examines a wealth of factors that play a part in determining this variation in levels of appearance-related satisfaction and adjustment.

Keywords: young people; diet; body shape; cosmetic surgery; appearance psychology; appearance-related satisfaction

Article.  1426 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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