The Body Project: A Dissonance-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Intervention

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OUP USA, Jan 17, 2013 - Medical - 289 pages
Eating disorders are among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in adolescent and young adult females, affecting approximately 10% of young women. Unfortunately, less than half of those with eating disorders receive treatment, which can be very expensive. Thus, effective prevention has become a major public health priority. The Body Project is an empirically based eating disorder prevention program that offers young women an opportunity to critically consider the costs of pursuing the ultra-thin ideal promoted in the mass media, which improves body acceptance and reduces risk for developing eating disorders. Young women with elevated body dissatisfaction are recruited for group sessions in which they participate in a series of verbal, written, and behavioral exercises in which they consider the negative effects of pursuing the thin-ideal. Chapters provide information on the significance of body image and eating disorders, the intervention theory, the evidence base which supports the theory, recruitment and training procedures, solutions to common challenges, and a new program aimed at reducing obesity onset, as well as intervention scripts and participant handouts. The Body Project is the only currently available eating disorder prevention program that has been shown to reduce risk for onset of eating disorders and received support in trials conducted by several independent research groups. The group sessions are brief and fun to lead, and this guide provides all of the necessary information to walk clinicians, teachers, counselors, and volunteers through leading the program for vulnerable young women.

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Eric Stice, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. His research has primarily focused on elucidating factors that increase risk for onset of eating disorders and obesity, as well as the development and evaluation of prevention programs for these conditions.

Paul Rohde, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and a licensed psychologist. His research focuses on the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of adolescent depression and eating disorders, with a special interest in the impact of comorbid conditions.

Heather Shaw, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at Oregon Research Institute. Her research likewise focuses on investigating risk factors for future increases in eating pathology and obesity, as well as developing prevention programs for these public health problems.

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