Body Image: Social Influences, Ethnic Differences and Impact on Self-Esteem


Rafael Vargas (Editor)

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: SEL014000

The relationship between self-esteem and body image has been well-established such that low levels of self-esteem have been found to be associated with body image concerns. The authors review previous research on the link between low self-esteem and body image concerns and then discuss more recent research concerning the importance of contingent self-esteem in this connection. The next chapter provides a discussion on the commonness of body dissatisfaction among contemporary Western young women and suggests re-embodiment as a means of transforming this experience. Chapter 3 explores the relationship between appearance satisfaction emotional overeating, experiences of racism and BMI among Black and African American women.

Ethnic identity plays an important role in the self-concept related to feelings and attitudes. Chapter 4 explores the ethnic differences in self-esteem and body image among adolescents, as well as the need to address ethnicity in prevention programs. The remaining chapters of the book focus on body image in adolescent pregnancy; magazine image influence, extraversion and body image in college males; sociocultural factors, body image factors and self-esteem on school-age males and females, the perception of self-image in older people and how it changes throughout life; an examination of how the way woman perceive themselves influences the psychosexual impact on quality of life; and finally, how people can improve or develop a healthier investment in appearance.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Self-esteem and Body Image: The Importance of Contingent Self-Esteem
(Amy E. Noser and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, and others)

Chapter 2
From Body Dissatisfaction to Embodied Connection: Exploring Young Women’s Body Experiences
(Satu Liimakka, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Chapter 3
Associations Between Racism, Emotional Overeating, and Appearance Satisfaction Among Black Women
(Christina M. Capodilupo and Kristin M. Smith, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, USA, and others)

Chapter 4
Ethnicity-Related Differences in Responses to “In Favor of Myself” – A Wellness Program to Enhance Positive Self and Body Image among Adolescents
(Moria Golan, Awidat Rose and Shani Abutbul, Shahaf, Community Services for the Management of Weight-Related Problems, Tel Hai College, Upper Galilee and School of Nutritional Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, School of Nutritional Sciences, Israel)

Chapter 5
Body Image in Adolescent Pregnancy: A Comparison with the Adult Research
(Danusha Jebanesan, Leanna Isserlin, and Megan E. Harrison, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada, and others)

Chapter 6
Magazine Image Influence, Extraversion and Body Image in Fraternity and Non-Fraternity College Males
(Morgan Draxten and F. Richard Ferraro, University of North Dakota, USA)

Chapter 7
Body Image, Sociocultural Influences and Self-Esteem: The Case of Cyprus
(Marios Argyrides, Natalie Kkeli, and Marianna Koutsantoni, Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus, and others)

Chapter 8
The Concept of the Body Image in Old People in Relation to Psychiatric Disorders
(Carmen M. Sarabia-Cobo, University of Cantabria, Spain)

Chapter 9
The Impact of Gynecological Conditions on Body Image, Sexual Function, and Quality of Life
(Ellery Greenberg, Liel Navi, Lior Lowenstein, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA, and others)

Chapter 10
Sociocultural Routes to Unhealthy Body Image Investment
(Eliana V. Carraça, CIPER, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)


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