Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Females and Males: Risk and Resilience

By Katherine Presnell, Ph.D., Sarah Kate Bearman, Ph.D., and Mary Clare Madeley, B.A.
The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 14, Number 3, 2007, Pages 3-6, Item# A143-PRESNELL

 
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This article examines the prevalence and consequences of body dissatisfaction among adolescent boys and girls and discusses the role of body dissatisfaction in psychological disorders, including depression and eating disorders. Additionally, it explores predictors of the development of body dissatisfaction, including individual, familial, peer, and sociocultural influences, as well as factors that may serve a protective function. An understanding of the factors that increase the risk for body dissatisfaction can help guide prevention efforts. Given the complexity of the development of body image concerns, interventions aimed at reducing body dissatisfaction will likely need to target multiple factors.

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