OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

ISBN : 9780198723226

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¥8,943
Author: 
Nichola Rumsey; Diana Harcourt
Pages
736 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
174 x 244 mm
Pub date
Jul 2014
Series
Oxford Library of Psychology
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We live in a society in which messages associating physical attractiveness with success and happiness are pervasive. There is an epidemic of appearance concerns amongst teenagers and adults in westernised countries and body image dissatisfaction is now considered normative. Large numbers of people experience negative impacts on wellbeing and, for many adolescents, adults, and even children, appearance concerns are influential in choices about a range of health behaviours. The challenges facing them include difficulties with social encounters and the problem of having to cope with negative self perceptions. The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance is a comprehensive reference text written by experts in the field. It examines how people feel about the way they look, and why it is that some people are happy with their appearance whilst increasing numbers are troubled by the way they look - reporting that these appearance-related concerns affect many aspects of their lives including relationships, health and well-being. It considers the influence of other people and how the media affects thoughts and behaviours related to appearance. It explores the experiences of people living with a disfigurement in a society that seems to be increasingly focussed on appearance and the pursuit of an idealised image of beauty, size and weight. Exploring a topic that has been often neglected in the psychological literature, this book will be invaluable for health, clinical, and social psychologists, health professionals working with patients with visible differences, and those in the field of public health and education.

Index: 

Introduction
SETTING THE SCENE
1. Overview
2. Appearance and Society
3. Embodiment and Appearance
4. Cross-cultural Differences
5. Challenges in Health Care Provision in the UK
6. Challenges in Health Care Provision in the USA
7. Challenges in Health Care Provision in Resource-Poor Countries
8. A Sociological Perspective in Biomedical Technologies and Appearance
9. Researching Appearance: Models, Theories, and Frameworks
WHO IS AFFECTED BY APPEARANCE CONCERNS, IN WHAT WAY, AND WHY?
11. Overview
ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
12. Appearance in Childhood and Adolescence
13. Appearance in Adulthood
14. Appearance in Later Life
INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN ADJUSTMENT AND DISTRESS
15. Gender
16. Lesbian, Gay and Bisexualities, Appearance and Body Image
17. Culture and Ethnicity
18. Influence of the Media
20. Influence of Peers
21. Adult Psychosocial Adjustment to Visible Differences: Physical and Psychological Predictors of Variation
CONSEQUENCES OF APPEARANCE CONCERNS
23. Understanding the Too Fat Body and the Too Thin Body: A Critical Psychological Perspective
24. Appearance Concerns, Dietary Restriction and Disordered Eating
25. Cosmetic Procedures
EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE A VISIBLE DIFFERENCE
26. Congenital Conditions
27. Trauma - with special reference to burn injury
28. Visible Difference Associated with Disease: Skin conditions
29. When Treatment Affects Appearance
30. Summary and Synthesis
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE AND HOW CAN CHANGE BE ACHIEVED
31. Section Overview
SOCIETAL INTERVENTIONS
32. Role of the Media
33. Persuading the Public: New face values for the 21st Century
34. Changing Provision of Healthcare Settings in the United Kingdom
35. Interventions for Families and Healthcare Professionals
36. Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery
INTERVENTIONS AT AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP LEVEL
37. School Based Interventions to Promote Positive Body Image and the Acceptance of Diversity in Appearance
38. Therapeutic Interventions: Evidence of effectiveness
39. Computer Based Psychosocial Interventions
40. Using Appearance Concerns to Promote Health
41. Summary and Synthesis
RESEARCH ISSUES
42. Overview
43. Methodological Issues in the Study of Body Image and Appearance
44. Using Retrospective Approaches in the Study of Disfigurement
45. Mixed Methods: The best of both worlds?
46. Methodological Choices (Online research)
47. Using Novel Methods in Appearance Research
48. Promoting Participant Voices in Research
49. Summary and Synthesis
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF APPEARANCE
50. The Future
INDEX

About the author: 

Nichola Rumsey, Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Diana Harcourt, Centre for Appearance Research, University West England, Bristol, UK

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