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Halliwell & Diedrichs, 2014: Critiquing beauty ideals and myths in group sessions decreased body dissatisfaction among adolescent girls over a month


Halliwell, E., & Diedrichs, P. C. (2014). Testing a dissonance body image intervention among young girls. Health Psychology, 33(2), 201.
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Adolescent girls took part in weekly 20-minute small-group sessions for 4 weeks that described the thin ideal for women, the costs of this, writing a letter to a teenage girl struggling with her body image to persuade her not to, critiquing beauty ideals and myths (e.g., “Most models and actresses are a healthy weight”) and role-playing efforts to encourage a person (the proctor) to resist severe dieting. As compared to girls in a no-treatment control condition, those in the treatment condition were less dissatisfied with their bodies and less likely to internalize a thin body ideal a week later. A month later, their body satisfaction was more resilient to thin ideals represented in advertisements in teen magazines.

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What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

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Psychological Question Addressed

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