Considerations of positive body image across various social identities and special populations

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    Although the study of body image has been dominated by a focus on negative aspects, recent research interest has turned towards positive body image. The purpose of the present paper is to provide an integrative review of empirical research on the positive body image of individuals across a range of social identities beyond the typical college student. In particular, the review focuses on research exploring age, culture, gender, and special populations. Overall, the review finds that positive body image seems to confer benefit and operate similarly across a range of populations, although it may be expressed uniquely in different contexts. These results contribute to a more complete account of positive body image, but also raise a number of important additional questions and challenges for future research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)168-176
    Number of pages9
    JournalBody Image
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Age
    • Culture
    • Gender
    • Positive body image
    • Social identities
    • Special populations


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