Description

This scholarly work is the most comprehensive existing resource on human physical appearance—how people’s outer physical characteristics and their inner perceptions and attitudes about their own appearance (body image) affect their lives. The encyclopedia’s 117 full-length chapters are composed and edited by the world’s experts from a range of disciplines—social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences. The extensive topical coverage in this valuable reference work includes: (1) Important theories, perspectives, and concepts for understanding body image and appearance; (2) Scientific measurement of body image and physical attributes (anthropometry); (3) The development and determinants of human appearance and body image over the lifespan: (4) How culture and society influences the meanings of human appearance; (5) The psychosocial effects of appearance-altering disease, damage, and visible differences; (6) Appearance self-change and self-management; (7) The prevention and treatment of body image problems, including psychosocial and medical interventions. Chapters are written in a manner that is accessible and informative to a wide audience, including the educated public, college and graduate students, and scientists and clinical practitioners. Each well-organized chapter provides a glossary of definitions of any technical terms and a Further Reading section of recommended sources for continued learning about the topic.

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Key Features

  • The Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance is a unique reference for a growing area of scientific inquiry
  • It brings together in one source the research from experts in a variety of fields examining this psychological and sociological phenomenon
  • The breadth of topics covered, and the current fascination with this subject area ensure this reference will be of interest to researchers and a lay audience alike

Readership

Undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and interested public libraries

Table of Contents

Editor-in-Chief

Associate Editors

List of Contributors

Guide to Using the Encyclopedia

Preface

Foreword

Volume 1

Amputations and Prosthetic Devices

Introduction

Amputation and Body Image

Factors Influencing Body Image Adaptation

Conclusions and Recommendations for Clinical Care

see also

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

Biographical Sketches

Anorexia Nervosa

Introduction

Body Image Disturbance in Anorexia Nervosa

Comparisons of BID in AN to BID in Other EDs

Mechanisms of BID in AN

Effective Treatment for BID

Conclusions

see also

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

Biographical Sketches

Anthropological Perspectives on Physical Appearance and Body Image

Introduction

Anthropological Findings in the Study of Human Appearance

Anthropological Study of Body Image

Methodological Innovations

Conclusions

see also

Further Reading

Biographical Sketch

Anthropometry

Introduction

Body Fat

Torso Shape

Symmetry Measures

Facial Anthropometry

Conclusions

See also

Further Reading

Biographical Sketch

Appearance Discrimination and the Law

Introduction

Legal Landscape of Weight Discrimination: Key Examples

Current Status of Legislation to Prohibit Appearance Discrimination

Potential Legislative Alternatives and Solutions

Does the Public Support Laws to Prohibit Appearance Discrimination?

Conclusion

See also

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

Biographical Sketches

Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Defining Obesity

Bariatric Surgery Procedures and Outcomes

Evaluation of Candidates for Bariatric Surgery

Psychosocial Characteristics of Bariatric Surgery Candidates

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Details

No. of pages:
938
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780123849267
Print ISBN:
9780123849250