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Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Grogan
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Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children presents a review of what is presently known and the results of some new research on body image. It compares the effects of gender, sexuality, social class, age and ethnicity on satisfaction with the way we look and suggests how these differences arise. Why, for instance, are heterosexual men much happier with their body images than women or gay men?
Sarah Grogan discusses the effect of media presentation of the ideal body and other cultural influences. Surprisingly, despite the almost exclusive media preference for very young female bodies, she finds that older women are not less satisfied with their bodies than younger women.
Written for readers from a variety of disciplines, this clear and eclectic book will make the ideal text for students from psychology, sociology, gender and media studies.

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"Grogan has provided a thorough and comprehensive revision that belongs on the bookshelf of any clinician, researcher, or student interested in the fascinating field of body image. Interest in the topic of body image has expanded dramatically in the last decade, and each of the new and emerging areas are included in this book, including men's body image, cross-cultural perspectives, and avenues for enhancing body satisfaction. This book provides a roadmap for future research." - J. Kevin Thompson, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, USA "In her revised volume, Professor Grogan leaves no stone unturned in telling the scientific and cultural stories of human embodiment. She is scrupulous in her psychological scholarship and articulate in her prose. Readers will be both fascinated and edified by this book's thoughtful coverage of a subject that so deeply affects our lives." - Thomas F. Cash, Department of Psychology, Old Dominion University and Editor-in-Chief of Body Image: An International Journal of Research "Sarah Grogan has offered a fine overview of contemporary knowledge in the field of body image. She summarizes, makes sense of, and organizes a vast array of research into one thoughtful, but very readable and easily digested volume, while at the same time capturing the vitality and excitement of research in body image." - Professor Marika Tiggemann, School of Psychology, Flinders University, Australia

About the Author

Sarah Grogan has been involved in research into body image since 1990. She is particularly interested in promoting positive body image in men, women and children, with a particular focus on the impact of body image and related behaviors on physical health.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (4 Jan. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA61NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,260,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable study of body image 31 May 2013
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This is at one level quite an academic book, but hugely informative and in no way off-putting in its reference to research. I found it highly readable and learned a lot from it. It explains the root of much of our dissatisfaction with our bodies - the culture in which we live. Whether you are looking to understand why you feel as you do, or already know how our culture conspires to keep us just a step away from body satisfaction, it covers a wealth of in-depth study of a subject not frequently chosen for serious research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Responsible and Fascinating Research Review 10 April 2005
By A. Fawson - Published on
I am a lay reader. I read few research reviews, but I found this book to be clear and insightful.

The body of studies reviewed seems comprehensive, and the author strikes me as being very fair and responsible in the way she reviews the research. She points out particularly interesting findings as well as places where more research would be helpful. From page 111: "An interesting difference between interviews with men and with women is that adult men tended to see media images as realistic goals. There was a general feeling that they could look like the media images if they wanted to, but that they did not care enough about the way they looked to spend time weight training." Her own voice in the book is not overbearing, and when she does provide her opinion, it is very insightful. She also does a nice job of reporting on literature (not only on studies). The author's own research and interviews are helpful and fill in areas where information may have otherwise gone missing. She provides helpful information about men and body image. She discusses solutions for body dissatisfaction, though not in the same depth as other subjects. I found this book left me with a different and less biased view about bodies and body satisfaction-an impact I wasn't expecting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should be titled Body Shape not Body Image 4 Mar. 2007
By kristen - Published on
While I really enjoyed the book, I felt it concetrated may too much on issues of thinness and weight. I think the author did a good job of looking at a variety of studies and including both psychological and sociological studies; however, I feel that body image satisfaction and dissatisfaction goes way beyond just looking at body shape. If you're looking to read about body image outside of the 'weight debate' look elsewhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars SO INTERESTING 23 Jun. 2013
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I bought this book when I was writing my thesis and it was not only personally interesting, it also had alot of facts I could base my research on. It was absolutely enlightening.
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