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Body Image

A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

Thomas F. Cash, PhD (Editor), Thomas Pruzinsky, Phd (Editor)


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This uniquely integrative handbook provides a comprehensive account of current theory, research, and clinical practice in the area of body image and body image disorders. The volume's 57 concise chapters have been contributed by internationally recognized experts from diverse mental health, medical, and allied health care disciplines. Authors review the nature and functions of body image; examine psychological, social-contextual, and physical influences on body image experiences; and present effective ways to assess, alleviate, and prevent body image-related suffering. Capturing the richness and complexity of the field in a readily accessible format, every chapter concludes with an informative annotated bibliography.

Praise For Body Image: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

"The subjective representation and experience of the physical body is an essential ingredient of our personality. While most often an adaptive and silent aspect of normal functioning, the 'body image' may become deeply embroiled in conflict and pathology--most notably in anorexia and bulimia--but in many other common psycho-medical conditions as well. Drs. Cash and Pruzinsky have brought to bear years of specialized experience."--Leo Goldberger, PhD, Department of Psychology, New York University

"It is a pleasure to find a book that so ably fulfills its purpose with authority and thoroughness, and without pedantry or tedium. This well-edited volume will be helpful--even indispensable--to students and professionals concerned with body image and its alterations: real or imagined, congenital, developmental, or acquired. Pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, urologists, oncologists, internists, and others will find the range of the chapters extensive and their readability admirable."--Robert M. Goldwyn, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Editor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

"Everyone has heard that body image dissatisfaction is common enough in teenage girls to be considered a normative discontent. Few, however, know exactly what body image is, how it changes over the life cycle, or how best to measure it. Moreover, few realize that body image is as relevant to such fields as dentistry, dermatology, and oncology as it is to psychology and psychiatry. Cash and Pruzinsky have assembled the world's experts to produce this definitive volume. It will be read eagerly by undergraduate and graduate students, but particularly by practitioners who seek to alleviate the distress associated with negative body image in its many manifestations. This is a 'must read.'"--Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"This remarkable handbook is encyclopedic in scope. It manages to cover in one volume all aspects of body image--from developmental and cultural aspects to psychological, pharmacological, and surgical interventions. It will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in body image and its disorders."--Christopher G. Fairburn, DM, FRCPsych, FMedSci, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK

The Guilford Press, 9781593850159, 530pp.

Publication Date: January 13, 2004

About the Author

Thomas F. Cash, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He has published over 150 scientific articles and chapters on the psychology of physical appearance. The developer of an empirically supported program to help people have a more positive body image, Dr. Cash has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals and is Editor-in-Chief of [i]Body Image: An International Journal of Research[/i].

Thomas Pruzinsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Quinnipiac University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine. His research and clinical interests focus on the psychological aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and he has published numerous articles and chapters on these topics. Dr. Pruzinsky has served as a manuscript reviewer for [i]Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery[/i], [i]Health Psychology[/i], and the [i]Cleft Palate/n-/Craniofacial Journal[/i].