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Body dissatisfaction, dietary restraint and body image importance in females across the lifespan


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Burbury, Joanna 2007 , 'Body dissatisfaction, dietary restraint and body image importance in females across the lifespan', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The aim of this review was to analyse the literature concerning body
dissatisfaction, and dietary restraint in females of all ages to identify
patterns across the female lifespan and to explore the role of the
developmental milestones and body image importance in female's body
dissatisfaction and dietary restraint. Sociocultural theory suggests that
body dissatisfaction occurs as a result of females feeling pressure to
achieve the "thin ideal", a representation of what society deems as
attractive. Invariably, women are unable to achieve this unrealistic
standard and as a result become dissatisfied with their own body. As
females age and experience a number of developmental milestones they
move further away from this ideal, therefore, from a sociocultural
perspective it has been suggested that body dissatisfaction might
increase with age. Despite this, research has consistently shown that
body dissatisfaction remains stable across the adult female lifespan
(Pliner, Chaiken & Flett, 1990; Tiggemann & Lynch, 2001; Webster &
Tiggemann, 2003). It has been suggested that body image importance
may play an important role in explaining the relationship between body
dissatisfaction and dietary restraint for females at different ages and
stages and this assumption is also examined in this review.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Burbury, Joanna
Keywords: Eating disorders in women, Body image in women
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsy (Clinical))--University of Tasmania, 2007. Includes bibliographical references

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