The quest to improve body image in adolescent girls - school-based interventions is only part of the answer: A case study from Victoria

Meldrum, Kathryn (2010) The quest to improve body image in adolescent girls - school-based interventions is only part of the answer: A case study from Victoria. In: Abstracts of SHAPE 2010 Sport, Health and Physical Educatio Conference. p. 1. From: SHAPE 2010 Sport, Health and Physical Education Conference, 26 February 2010, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

Body image continues to be an important issue for young people. One of several approaches to improving it is school-based interventions. One such intervention has been running since 2007 in a rural Victorian school with one of several aims being to improve body image. Body image was measured using the Ben-Tovim – Walker Body Image Questionnaire. This paper presents a case study of a cohort of girls who participated in two or three years of the intervention. The results are mixed; some measured components of body image such as attractiveness and disparagement have shown significant effects over time. While changes in another component, feeling fat, suggest that the intervention had a negative impact on some girls. The paper argues that interventions such as these, while aimed at supporting girls to develop a positive body image, may not achieve it due to societal factors that have a significantly greater effect over time.

Item ID: 17080
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: interventions, school, body image, adolescent girls, sport, physical education
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 07:03
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 100%
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