The Body Project: A Dissonance-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Intervention (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199859245

Eric Stice; Paul Rohde; Heather Shaw
304 Pages
183 x 253 mm
Pub date
Jan 2012
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Eating disorders are among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in adolescent and young adult females, affecting approximately 10% of young women. Unfortunately, less than half of those with eating disorders receive treatment, which can be very expensive. Thus, effective prevention has become a major public health priority. The Body Project is an empirically based eating disorder prevention program that offers young women an opportunity to critically consider the costs of pursuing the ultra-thin ideal promoted in the mass media, which improves body acceptance and reduces risk for developing eating disorders. Young women with elevated body dissatisfaction are recruited for group sessions in which they participate in a series of verbal, written, and behavioral exercises in which they consider the negative effects of pursuing the thin-ideal. Chapters provide information on the significance of body image and eating disorders, the intervention theory, the evidence base which supports the theory, recruitment and training procedures, solutions to common challenges, and a new program aimed at reducing obesity onset, as well as intervention scripts and participant handouts. The Body Project is the only currently available eating disorder prevention program that has been shown to reduce risk for onset of eating disorders and received support in trials conducted by several independent research groups. The group sessions are brief and fun to lead, and this guide provides all of the necessary information to walk clinicians, teachers, counselors, and volunteers through leading the program for vulnerable young women.


Part I: Theory, Research, and Implementation
Chapter 1: Significance of Body Image and Eating Disturbances
Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundation for the Body Project
Chapter 3: Evidence Base for the Body Project and Related Dissonance-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Programs
Chapter 4: Recruitment Procedures
Chapter 5: Training, Supervision, and Quality Assurance
Chapter 6: Implementation Issues
Chapter 7: Dissonance-Based Obesity Prevention
Part II: The Manuals
Chapter 8: Intervention Script for 4-session Enhanced-Dissonance Body Project
Chapter 9: Participant Handouts for 4-session Enhanced-Dissonance Body Project
Chapter 10: Intervention Script for 6-session Enhanced-Dissonance Body Project
Chapter 11: Participant Handouts for 6-session Enhanced-Dissonance Body Project
Chapter 12: Intervention Script for 4-session Project Health Obesity Prevention Program
Chapter 13: Participant Handouts for 4-session Project Health
A. The Body Project Facilitator Fact Sheet (Ch 5)
B. Body Project Session Adherence Forms (Ch 5)
C. Body Project Group Leader Competence Assessment (Ch 5)
D. Additional Resources for Information Regarding Eating Disorders and Possible Referrals
E. Healthy Weight Facilitator Fact Sheet (Ch 7)
About the Authors

About the author: 

Eric Stice, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. His research has primarily focused on elucidating factors that increase risk for onset of eating disorders and obesity, as well as the development and evaluation of prevention programs for these conditions. Paul Rohde, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and a licensed psychologist. His research focuses on the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of adolescent depression and eating disorders, with a special interest in the impact of comorbid conditions. Heather Shaw, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at Oregon Research Institute. Her research likewise focuses on investigating risk factors for future increases in eating pathology and obesity, as well as developing prevention programs for these public health problems.

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