Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance by Nichola RumseyOxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance by Nichola Rumsey

Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

EditorNichola Rumsey, Diana Harcourt

Paperback | July 16, 2014

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We live in a society in which messages associating physical attractiveness with success and happiness are pervasive. There is an epidemic of appearance concerns amongst teenagers and adults in westernised countries and body image dissatisfaction is now considered normative. Large numbers ofpeople experience negative impacts on wellbeing and, for many adolescents, adults, and even children, appearance concerns are influential in choices about a range of health behaviours. The challenges facing them include difficulties with social encounters and the problem of having to cope withnegative self perceptions. The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance is a comprehensive reference text written by experts in the field. It examines how people feel about the way they look, and why it is that some people are happy with their appearance whilst increasing numbers are troubled by the way they look -reporting that these appearance-related concerns affect many aspects of their lives including relationships, health and well-being. It considers the influence of other people and how the media affects thoughts and behaviours related to appearance. It explores the experiences of people living with adisfigurement in a society that seems to be increasingly focussed on appearance and the pursuit of an idealised image of beauty, size and weight. Exploring a topic that has been often neglected in the psychological literature, this book will be invaluable for health, clinical, and social psychologists, health professionals working with patients with visible differences, and those in the field of public health and education.
Nichola Rumsey is VTCT Professor of Appearance Psychology at the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Diana Harcourt is Reader in Health Psychology at the Centre for Appearance Research, University West England, Bristol, UK.
Title:Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of AppearanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:736 pagesPublished:July 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198723229

ISBN - 13:9780198723226


Table of Contents

Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt: IntroductionSetting the Scene1. Overview2. Hannah Frith: Appearance and Society3. Malcolm MacLachlan, Grainne Ni Mhaille, Pamela Gallagher and Deirdre Desmond: Embodiment and Appearance4. Hannah Falvey: Cross-cultural Differences5. Esther L.E. Hansen and Peter E.M. Butler: Challenges in Health Care Provision in the UK6. Valerie Lamaine and Andrea Pusic: Challenges in Health Care Provision in the USA7. Tom Potokar and Patricia Price: Challenges in Health Care Provision in Resource-Poor Countries8. Julie Kent: A Sociological Perspective in Biomedical Technologies and Appearance9. Andrew R. Thompson: Researching Appearance: Models, Theories, and Frameworks10. Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt: Summary and SynthesisWho is affected by appearance concerns, in what way, and why?11. OverviewAcross the lifespan12. Linda Smolak: Appearance in Childhood and Adolescence13. Marika Tiggemann and Julie Slevec: Appearance in Adulthood14. Lucie Baker and Eyal Gringart: Appearance in Later LifeIndividual differences in adjustment and distress15. Helen Falkner: Gender16. Caroline Huxley and Nikki Hayfield: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexualities, Appearance and Body Image17. Habib Naqvi and Krysia Saul: Culture and Ethnicity18. Emma Halliwell and Phillippa Diedrichs: Influence of the Media19. Rebecca Bellew: The Role of the Family20. Lina Ricciardelli and David Mellor: Influence of Peers21. Timothy P. Moss and Ben Rosser: Adult Psychosocial Adjustment to Visible Differences: Physical and Psychological Predictors of VariationConsequences of Appearance Concerns22. James Byron-Daniel: Appearance and Exercise23. Irmgard Tischner and Helen Malson: Understanding the Too Fat Body and the Too Thin Body: A Critical Psychological Perspective24. Victoria Lawson: Appearance Concerns, Dietary Restriction and Disordered Eating25. Canice E. Crerand, Leanne Magee and David B. Sarwer: Cosmetic ProceduresExperiences of people who have a visible difference26. Kristin Billaud-Feragen: Congenital Conditions27. Julie Wisely and Sarah Gaskell: Trauma - with special reference to burn injury28. Christine Bundy: Visible Difference Associated with Disease: Skin conditions29. Heidi Williamson and Melissa Wallace: When Treatment Affects Appearance30. Summary and SynthesisWhat needs to change and how can change be achieved31. Section OverviewSocietal Interventions32. Barry Gunter: Role of the Media33. James Partridge: Persuading the Public: New face values for the 21st Century34. Julia Cadogan: Changing Provision of Healthcare Settings in the United Kingdom35. Susan Brown: Interventions for Families and Healthcare Professionals36. Alexandra Clarke: Regulation of Cosmetic SurgeryInterventions at an individual or group level37. Phillippa Diedrichs and Emma Halliwell: School Based Interventions to Promote Positive Body Image and the Acceptance of Diversity in Appearance38. Elizabeth Jenkinson: Therapeutic Interventions: Evidence of effectiveness39. Alyson Bessell: Computer Based Psychosocial Interventions40. Sarah Grogan and Daniel Masterson: Using Appearance Concerns to Promote Health41. Summary and SynthesisResearch Issues42. Overview43. Ross Krawczyk, Jessie Menzel and J. Kevin Thompson: Methodological Issues in the Study of Body Image and Appearance44. Martin Persson: Using Retrospective Approaches in the Study of Disfigurement45. Emma Dures: Mixed Methods: The best of both worlds?46. Neil S. Coulson: Methodological Choices (Online research)47. Diana Harcourt: Using Novel Methods in Appearance Research48. Amanda Bates: Promoting Participant Voices in Research49. Summary and SynthesisThe Psychology of Appearance50. Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt: The FutureIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt have done a necessary and excellent job in the creation of The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance, and one hopes for sequels. Yes, the psychology of appearance should have a place in the sun." --PsycCRITIQUES, May 2013