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The Oxford handbook of the psychology of appearance /
edited by Nichola Rumsey and Diana Harcourt.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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xviii, 717 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
9780199580521 (hbk.)
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
isbn
9780199580521 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8737201
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-01-01:
Despite cautions to the contrary, people judge others by how they look, presuming that surface characteristics, such as beauty or deformity, reveal psychological, social, even intellectual qualities. Physical appearance is assessed quickly and usually effortlessly, and contemporary culture continues to (often erroneously) equate "good looks" with personal success, happiness, and well-being. Rumsey and Harcourt (both, Univ. of the West of England, UK) recruited a cadre of experts to examine essential questions about how physical appearance has decided psychological consequences for both perceivers and targets of perception. Comprising some 50 essays, this volume stands out because the authors deal with what might be called normative appearance issues (e.g., cosmetic beauty, culture, biomedical interventions, health care issues, aging, peer and family perspectives), visible differences (e.g., congenital issues, race and ethnicity, disfigurement of the face, disability, disease, trauma), appearance interventions (e.g., media, education, medicine/cosmetic surgery, exercise and diet), and future directions for research. Chapters are tightly written and focused, offering key references. Those interested in social and clinical psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology will be especially drawn to this work, but social workers and those in medical and public health will also find it useful. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above, including professionals. D. S. Dunn Moravian College
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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.
"The start of an overall affirmation has been made by the editors of this book. 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
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Summaries
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We live in a society in which messages associating physical attractiveness with success and happiness are pervasive. This text gives an account of research, policy, and practice in psychological aspects of appearance, including the role of the media in shaping people's attitudes.
Long Description
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 of people 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. Thechallenges facing them include difficulties with social encounters and the problem of having to cope with negative 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 themedia affects thoughts and behaviours related to appearance. It explores the experiences of people living with a disfigurement 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.
Main Description
Explores a topic that is much neglected in the scientific literature, providing valuable information and profound insights into the problems facing those with visible differences, as well as those with general appearance-related concerns, Includes user/patient voices illustrating the relevance of the issues being discussed for those personally affected, Covers both research and practice in detail thereby demonstrating how research evidence can inform clinical practice and policy, and vice versa, Written by experts in the field and therefore gives readers an insight into the most current thinking and research in this area, The Oxford Handbooks series is a major initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading international figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and directions of the debates. Oxford, Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in psychology. Book jacket.
Main Description
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.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 a disfigurement in a society that seems to be increasingly focussed onappearance andthe pursuit of an idealised image of beauty, size and weight.
Table of Contents
List of Contributorsp. xiv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Setting the Scene
Setting the Scene: Overviewp. 7
Appearance and Societyp. 10
Embodiment and Appearancep. 23
Cross-Cultural Differencesp. 36
Challenges in Healthcare Provision in the United Kingdomp. 47
Challenges in Healthcare Provision in the United Statesp. 63
Challenges in Healthcare Provision in Resource-Poor Countriesp. 71
Biomedical Technologies and Appearancep. 79
Researching Appearance: Models, Theories, and Frameworksp. 91
Setting the Scene: Summary and Synthesisp. 110
Who is Affected by Appearance Concerns, in What Way, and Why?
Who is Affected by Appearance Concerns, in What Way, and Why?: Overviewp. 117
Appearance Concerns Across the Lifespan
Appearance in Childhood and Adolescencep. 123
Appearance in Adulthoodp. 142
Appearance in Later Lifep. 160
Individual Differences in Adjustment and Distress
Genderp. 175
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Sexualities: Appearance and Body Imagep. 190
Culture and Ethnicityp. 203
Influence of the Mediap. 217
The Role of the Familyp. 239
Influence of Peersp. 253
Adult Psychosocial Adjustment to Visible Differences: Physical and Psychological Predictors of Variationp. 273
Consequences of Appearance Concerns
Appearance and Exercisep. 295
Understanding the 'Too Fat' Body and the 'Too Thin' Body: A Critical Psychological Perspectivep. 306
Appearance Concerns, Dietary Restriction, and Disordered Eatingp. 320
Cosmetic Proceduresp. 330
Experiences of People Who Have a Visible Difference
Congenital Conditionsp. 353
Trauma-With Special Reference to Burn Injuryp. 372
Visible Difference Associated with Disease: Skin Conditionsp. 398
When Treatment Affects Appearancep. 414
Who is Affected by Appearance Concerns, in What Way, and Why?: Summary and Synthesisp. 439
What Needs to Change and How Can Change Be Achieved?
What Needs to Change and How Can Change be Achieved?: Overviewp. 449
Societal Interventions
The Role of the Mediap. 455
Persuading the Public: New Face Values for the 21st Centuryp. 468
Changing Provision of Healthcare Settings in the United Kingdomp. 486
Interventions for Families and Healthcare Professionalsp. 502
Regulation of Cosmetic Surgeryp. 517
Interventions at an Individual or Group Level
School-Based Interventions to Promote Positive Body Image and the Acceptance of Diversity in Appearancep. 531
Therapeutic Interventions: Evidence of Effectivenessp. 551
Computer-Based Psychosocial Interventionsp. 568
Using Appearance Concerns to Promote Healthp. 581
What Needs to Change and How Can Change be Achieved?: Summary and Synthesisp. 595
Research Issues
Research Issues: Overviewp. 603
Methodological Issues in the Study of Body Image and Appearancep. 605
Using Retrospective Approaches in the Study of Disfigurementp. 620
Mixed Methods: The Best of Both Worlds?p. 628
Methodological Choices: Online Researchp. 636
Using Novel Methods in Appearance Researchp. 645
Promoting Participation and Involvement in Appearance Researchp. 658
Research Issues: Summary and Synthesisp. 673
Where Do We Go From Here?
The Psychologyof Appearance: The Futurep. 679
Author indexp. 693
Subject indexp. 697
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