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The experience of body dissatisfaction in men

The experience of body dissatisfaction in men
The experience of body dissatisfaction in men
Evidence suggests that the prevalence of body dissatisfaction (BD) is increasing amongst men. However, research has commonly examined the phenomenon in predominantly female groups. In view of this, the current study used a qualitative methodology to explore the experience of BD in men. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 men. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis yielded themes across four domains (societal, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social presentation). Whilst participants exhibited a range of appearance concerns, there was commonality in the processes by which these were experienced and managed. These generic issues are the focus of the themes, and could usefully be incorporated into a new assessment tool. Findings are considered in relation to existing (cognitive behavioural, self-discrepancy, and sociocultural) theories, and implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed.
body dissatisfaction, men, qualitative analysis, assessment
1740-1445
271-283
Adams, Gillian
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Turner, Hannah
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Bucks, Romola
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Adams, Gillian
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Turner, Hannah
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Bucks, Romola
aee41f56-d77c-44a1-a310-cc885edf149a

Adams, Gillian, Turner, Hannah and Bucks, Romola (2005) The experience of body dissatisfaction in men. Body Image, 2 (3), 271-283. (doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2005.05.004).

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that the prevalence of body dissatisfaction (BD) is increasing amongst men. However, research has commonly examined the phenomenon in predominantly female groups. In view of this, the current study used a qualitative methodology to explore the experience of BD in men. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 men. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis yielded themes across four domains (societal, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social presentation). Whilst participants exhibited a range of appearance concerns, there was commonality in the processes by which these were experienced and managed. These generic issues are the focus of the themes, and could usefully be incorporated into a new assessment tool. Findings are considered in relation to existing (cognitive behavioural, self-discrepancy, and sociocultural) theories, and implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: body dissatisfaction, men, qualitative analysis, assessment

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Local EPrints ID: 40224
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40224
ISSN: 1740-1445
PURE UUID: 9aeedb13-f7f9-4ced-8359-7fa67c1e3e22

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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:00

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