Understanding body image disturbance in the promotion of mental health: A discourse analytic study

Moulding, N and Hepworth, J (2001) Understanding body image disturbance in the promotion of mental health: A discourse analytic study. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 11 4: 305-317. doi:10.1002/casp.626


Author Moulding, N
Hepworth, J
Title Understanding body image disturbance in the promotion of mental health: A discourse analytic study
Journal name Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1052-9284
Publication date 2001-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/casp.626
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 305
End page 317
Total pages 13
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Language eng
Abstract Health care interventions in the area of body image disturbance and eating disorders largely involve individual treatment approaches, while prevention and health promotion are relatively underexplored. A review of health promotion activities in the area of body image in Australia revealed three programmes, the most extensive and longest standing having been established in 1992. The aims of this programme are to reduce body image dissatisfaction and inappropriate eating behaviour, especially among women. Because health promotion is concerned with the social aspects of health, it was hypothesized by the authors that a social understanding of body image and eating disorders might be advanced in a health promotion setting and reflected in the approach to practice. In order to examine approaches to body image in health promotion, 10 health professionals responsible for the design and management of this programme participated in a series of semi-structured interviews between 1997 and 2000. Three discursive themes were evident in health workers' explanations of body image problems: (1) cognitive-behavioural themes; (2) gender themes; and (3) socio-cultural themes. While body image problems were constructed as psychological problems that are particularly experienced by women, their origins were largely conceived to be socio-cultural. The implications of these constructions are critically discussed in terms of the approach to health promotion used in this programme. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keyword Body image
Cognitive-behavioural
Discourse
Gender
Health promotion
Psychology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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