Assessing positive body image: Contemporary approaches and future directions
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Assessing positive body image
Abstract: 

Empirical and clinical interest in positive body image has burgeoned in recent years. This focused attention is generating various measures and methods for researchers and psychotherapists to assess an array of positive body image constructs in populations of interest. No resource to date has integrated the available measures and methods for easy accessibility and comparison. Therefore, this article reviews contemporary scales for the following positive body image constructs: body appreciation, positive rational acceptance, body image flexibility, body functionality, attunement (body responsiveness, mindful self-care), positive/self-accepting body talk, body pride, body sanctification, broad conceptualization of beauty, and self-perceived body acceptance by others. Guidelines for the qualitative assessment of positive body image and recommendations for integrating positive body image assessment within psychotherapy and applied research settings are also offered. The article concludes with articulating broad future directions for positive body image assessment, including ideas for expanding its available measures, methods, and dynamic expressions.

Author(s): 
Webb, Jennifer B.
Wood-Barcalow, Nichole L.
Tylka, Tracy L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Body Image
Journal Abbreviation: 
Body Image
Publication Date: 
2015-06
Publication Year: 
2015
Pages: 
130-145
Volume: 
14
ISSN: 
1873-6807
DOI: 
10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.03.010
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 25910972

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Jennifer B. Webb, Nichole L. Wood-Barcalow and Tracy L. Tylka. 2015-06. "Assessing positive body image: Contemporary approaches and future directions." Body Image 14: 130-145. 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.03.010.

Wikipedia Citation

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