What works in secondary schools? A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs

Yager, Zali, Diedrichs, Phillippa C., Ricciardelli, Lina A. and Halliwell, Emma 2013, What works in secondary schools? A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs, Body image, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 271-281.

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Title What works in secondary schools? A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs
Author(s) Yager, Zali
Diedrichs, Phillippa C.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Halliwell, Emma
Journal name Body image
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 271
End page 281
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) body image
schools
intervention
prevention
adolescents
Summary Governments, schools, and curriculum authorities are increasingly recognizing that body image during adolescence is a public health issue that warrants attention in the school setting. After 30 years of eating disorder prevention research, and given the current interest in this area, it seems timely to review the research on interventions to improve body image in schools. We reviewed universal-selective, classroom-based programs that have been conducted since the year 2000, among adolescents, and found 16 eligible intervention programs. Seven of these programs were effective in improving body image on at least one measure, from pre to post test, though effect sizes were small (d = 0.22–0.48). These effective programs were conducted among younger adolescents 12.33–13.62 years, and included activities focusing on media literacy, self esteem, and the influence of peers. Implications for school personnel and curriculum authorities are discussed, and we provide recommendations for a strategic approach to future research in this area.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060352

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