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Future directions for positive body image research

Halliwell, Emma

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Emma Halliwell
Associate Professor in Psychology


© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. The emergence of positive body image research during the last 10 years represents an important shift in the body image literature. The existing evidence provides a strong empirical basis for the study of positive body image and research has begun to address issues of age, gender, ethnicity, culture, development, and intervention in relation to positive body image. This article briefly reviews the existing evidence before outlining directions for future research. Specifically, six areas for future positive body image research are outlined: (a) conceptualization, (b) models, (c) developmental factors, (d) social interactions, (e) cognitive processing style, and (f) interventions. Finally, the potential role of positive body image as a protective factor within the broader body image literature is discussed.


Halliwell, E. (2015). Future directions for positive body image research. Body Image, 14, 177-189.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 7, 2016
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Pages 177-189
Keywords body appreciation, positive body image, future directions, protective factors, cognitive processing, development, body image
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