Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance

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American Psychological Association, 1999 - Psychology - 396 pages
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Tennis star Andre Agassi has been quoted as saying Image is everything. This may seem like an exaggeration, but it is true that, for many people, how they feel about their appearance means everything. Body image is a powerful factor in how we feel about ourselves, and those who suffer from a body image disturbance are vulnerable to a host of difficulties ranging from low self-esteem to bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Body Image Disturbance: Integrating Theory, Assessment, and Treatment is a provocative analysis that integrates explanations from social, interpersonal, feminist and behavioural cognitive psychology. This book is packed with research, assessment and treatment guidance. Clinicians, practitioners and researchers should value this book for its coverage of how psychology grapples with the troubling relationship between appearance and identity.

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J. KEVIN THOMPSON, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. He is the editor or coeditor of several books, including Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth and Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance. He is also Associate Editor of the journal Body Image: An International Journal of Research.

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