Body image among older adults

Knight, T. 2012, Body image among older adults. In Cash, Thomas F. (ed), Encyclopedia of body image and human appearance, Academic Press, San Francisco, Calif., pp.114-119, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-384925-0.00016-X.

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Title Body image among older adults
Author(s) Knight, T.ORCID iD for Knight, T.
Title of book Encyclopedia of body image and human appearance
Editor(s) Cash, Thomas F.
Publication date 2012
Series Volume 1
Chapter number 17
Total chapters 65
Start page 114
End page 119
Total pages 6
Publisher Academic Press
Place of Publication San Francisco, Calif.
Keyword(s) poor body image
body dissatisfaction
physical and mental health research
older adults
Summary Body image in older adults reflects years of physical, social, and psychological changes within a cultural context. In a youth-focused society, where development is perceived to give in to decline at the first sign of wrinkles and graying hair, the complexity of the construct thickens. This article provides a discussion of body image concerns as they pertain to the aging body, and some of the challenges older adults face in coming to terms with changes that occur. One of the major challenges identified is retaining a positive sense of self through those changes, many of which are treated with disdain by younger and older adults alike. This discussion is grounded in theory and research focusing on biopsychosocial factors relevant to body image in the latter part of life span development.
ISBN 0123849268
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-384925-0.00016-X
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category B2.1 Book chapter in non-commercially published book
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