Long Term Effects of a Positive Body Image Program Among College Students
PublisherMonroe Community College
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AbstractStudents participated in a voluntary survey to test the idea that a positive body image program would produce long-term positive effects in college students' self-image. Data collection involved hosting five positive body image seminars that attacked the cognitive dissonance surrounding what we expect of ourselves in terms of body image versus the non-physical traits that we look for in others when determining friendships/relationships. Participants attended our seminars and answered body image related questions prior to attending the program, immediately after the program, and three months later. Previous studies have reported slight increases in subjects' positive reflections of their body after they received information about health and lifestyle changes. At this time, we are still collecting data, but we propose that a slight increase in positivity concerning participants' overall body image will occur. Our research expands on current knowledge that could help foster an informed approach to creating and regulating positive body image.
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