Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention: A Handbook of Theory, Research and Clinical Practice

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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.

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"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, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK

"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, endoctrinologists, gynecologists, urologists, oncologists, internists, and others will find the range of the chapters extensive and their readability admirable." - Robert M. Goldwyn, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, USA

"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 lifecycle, 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, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA

"Provides a wealth of ideas for those interested in this fascinating topic and will serve as a valuable and frequently referenced resource." - The New England Journal of Medicine

"This book is remarkable in its scope, including information difficult to find elsewhere, and nowhere singly... Equally appropriate for the sophisticated layperson, undergraduate and graduate students of the mental health professions, as well as practitioners and researchers of the medical and behavioral sciences." - Psychology of Women Quarterly

"Researchers, especially graduate students, will find a wealth of information on assessment instruments and future directions for study [The book] also will give clinicians such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health professionals a deeper understanding of cutting-edge issues" - Journal of the American Medical Association

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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 currently founding a new international journal of body image scholarship. His website is located at www.body-images.com. 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].

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