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Women's experience of appearance concern and body control across the lifespan: Challenging accepted wisdom

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Johnston, O, Reilly, J and Kremer, J (2004) Women's experience of appearance concern and body control across the lifespan: Challenging accepted wisdom. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 9 (3). pp. 397-410. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This study adopted a lifespan approach to women's experiences of appearance concern and body control. Thirty-two women (aged 16 to 77) were interviewed about their exercise and food regulation. Results of the grounded theory analysis challenge social constructions of appearance concern as associated principally with the reproductive years, and of the body as malleable, and highlight the complexity of the relationship between appearance concern and body control. Despite frequent persistence of (or increase in) appearance concern beyond young adulthood, `healthier' responses to appearance concern occurred due to changing priorities and increasing awareness. Findings highlight the utility of an inclusive and qualitative approach, and the absence of simple and sovereign factors determining an individual's levels of appearance concern or body control.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:10304
Deposited By:Dr Jacqueline Reilly
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 15:41
Last Modified:14 Mar 2011 17:21

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