Appearance in Childhood and Adolescence

Linda Smolak

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Appearance in Childhood and Adolescence

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This article describes the development of appearance preferences during childhood and adolescence; identifies influences on the development of these preferences; considers the effects of these preferences on self-development and social interactions; and discusses techniques that children and adolescents use to achieve an appearance that is consistent with their preferences. While there are numerous components of appearance, the research concerning children and adolescents has focused primarily on facial attractiveness and body shape, particularly weight and shape.

Keywords: appearance preferences; appearance psychology; children; adolescents; self-development; social interaction; facial attractiveness; body shape; weight

Article.  8060 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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