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Body image:

Body image By Aarif Abdulgowi

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?:

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?


introduction Negative body image, is a mental aspect of bodily changes that adolescents face An individual’s perception of their own body may not correspond to the standards of society Cash & Pruzinsky 2002, cited in Ferguson et al. 2011; Mueller 2009, cited in Santrock 2011

Aspects of body image:

Aspects of body image The way we view our body (perceptual) How we feel about the appearance of our body (affective) The ideas and convictions we have about our body (cognitive) The effects caused because we are not content with our body (behavioural) A recent study conducted by Mission Australia (2009) found that body image is more of a concern for: Ages 20-24 (28.7%) than people aged 15-19 (27.4%) and people aged 11-14 (23.7%) Slade 1994; Australian Government Office for Youth 2011

why negative body image is very common among youths:

why negative body image is very common among youths Cultural model and ideal of what’s attractive, which is especially presented through mass media Messages that are delivered socially Personal characteristics Ferguson et al. 2011; Vilhjalmsson, Kristjansdottir & Ward 2012; Australian Government Office for Youth 2011

Keep her in the game:

Keep her in the game Whatsg 2012


Consequences Poor self-esteem Depression Anxiety Anorexia Australian Government Office for Youth 2011

What you can do about it!:

What you can do about it! Being content with yourself Take on a new attitude about your looks and wellbeing Think positive Don’t just focus on what you look like, but focus on yourself as a whole Acknowledge that we as individuals are unique Be pleasant to one another Select your media Littleton & Ollendick 2003; Australian Government Office for Youth, 2011


References Australian Government Office for Youth, 2011, Body Image Information Sheet , Australian Government, Canberra, ACT. Ferguson, C.J., Munoz, M.E., Contreras, S. & Velasquez, K. 2011, ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Peer Competition, Television Influences, and Body Image Dissatisfaction’, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 458-483. Littleton, H.L. & Ollendick, T. 2003, ‘Negative Body Image and Disordered Eating Behaviour in Children and Adolescents: What Places Youth at Risk and How Can These Problems Be Prevented?’, Clinical Child and Family Review , vol. 6, no. 1 pp. 51-66. Santrock, J.W. 2010, Life Span Development (13 th Edn) , McGraw-Hill, Boston, p. 356 Slade, P.D. 1994, ‘What is body image?’, Behaviour Research and Therapy , vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 497- 502. Vilhjalmsson, R., Kristjansdottir, G. & Ward, D.S, 2012, ‘Bodily Deviations and Body Image in Adolescence’, Youth & Society , vol. 44. no. 3, pp. 366-384. Whatsg 2012, Keep Her in The Game , video recording, viewed 1 October 2012, <>

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