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The effects of Fitspiration images on body attributes, mood and eating behaviors: An experimental Ecological Momentary Assessment study in females (2020)
Journal Article
Krug, I., Selvaraja, P., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Hughes, E., Slater, A., Griffiths, S., …Blake, K. (2020). The effects of Fitspiration images on body attributes, mood and eating behaviors: An experimental Ecological Momentary Assessment study in females. Body Image, 35, 279-287. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.09.011

Through an experimental Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) design, we assessed the effects of fitspiration images (relative to neutral) on body image, mood and disordered eating and whether trait body dissatisfaction, thin-ideal internalization an... Read More about The effects of Fitspiration images on body attributes, mood and eating behaviors: An experimental Ecological Momentary Assessment study in females.

‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’. A randomised controlled trial evaluating an appearance-related board game intervention with children aged 9-11 years (2020)
Journal Article
Guest, E., Sharratt, N., Williamson, H., Harcourt, D., & Slater, A. (2021). ‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’. A randomised controlled trial evaluating an appearance-related board game intervention with children aged 9-11 years. Body Image, 36, 34-44

This study evaluated the effectiveness of an educational board game aimed at increasing knowledge of appearance-related issues, positive body image, media literacy, and acceptance of appearance diversity with British school children. Two hundred and... Read More about ‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’. A randomised controlled trial evaluating an appearance-related board game intervention with children aged 9-11 years.

Body dissatisfaction predicts onset of depression among adolescent females and males: A prospective study (2020)
Journal Article
A, B., H, L., Slater, A., & I, B. (in press). Body dissatisfaction predicts onset of depression among adolescent females and males: A prospective study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health,

Rationale Body dissatisfaction is prevalent in mid-adolescence, and may be associated with onset of depression. Objective The study assessed the influence of body dissatisfaction on the occurrence of later depressive episodes in a population-base... Read More about Body dissatisfaction predicts onset of depression among adolescent females and males: A prospective study.

Development and validation of the Motivations for Social Media Use scale (MSMU) among adolescents (2020)
Journal Article
Mclean, S. A., Gordon, C. S., Marques, M. D., Jarman, H. K., Paxton, S. J., Rodgers, R. F., …Paxton, S. (in press). Development and validation of the Motivations for Social Media Use scale (MSMU) among adolescents. Adolescent Research Review, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-020-00139-w

Theoretical accounts of the relationship between social media use and body image among adolescents have highlighted motivations as an important factor. However, motivations for social media use has received little attention in extant research in the... Read More about Development and validation of the Motivations for Social Media Use scale (MSMU) among adolescents.

Prospective pathways to depressive symptoms and disordered eating in adolescence: A 7-year longitudinal cohort study (2020)
Journal Article
Lewis-Smith, H., Bray, I., Salmon, D., & Slater, A. (2020). Prospective pathways to depressive symptoms and disordered eating in adolescence: A 7-year longitudinal cohort study. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49(10), 2060-2074. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01291-1

Eating pathology and depressive symptoms increase during adolescence, yet predictive pathways remain predominantly unexplored, despite their implications for prevention. The present study aimed to identify shared risk factors for eating pathology and... Read More about Prospective pathways to depressive symptoms and disordered eating in adolescence: A 7-year longitudinal cohort study.

The case for body positivity on social media: Perspectives on current advances and future directions (2020)
Journal Article
Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (in press). The case for body positivity on social media: Perspectives on current advances and future directions. Journal of Health Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320912450

In recent years, the body positive movement has emerged on social media and has generated both support and criticism in pop-cultural discourse. We review the potential benefits and disadvantages of ‘body positivity’ on social media in light of theory... Read More about The case for body positivity on social media: Perspectives on current advances and future directions.

A cluster randomized controlled trial of the SoMe social media literacy body image and wellbeing program for adolescent boys and girls: Study protocol (2020)
Journal Article
Gordon, C. S., Rodgers, R. F., Slater, A. E., McLean, S. A., Jarman, H. K., & Paxton, S. J. (2020). A cluster randomized controlled trial of the SoMe social media literacy body image and wellbeing program for adolescent boys and girls: Study protocol. Body Image, 33, 27-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.003

Youth spend substantial time on social media, which can foster self-critical processes that increase risk of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and depressed mood. To date, there have been few investigations of interventions to decrease the neg... Read More about A cluster randomized controlled trial of the SoMe social media literacy body image and wellbeing program for adolescent boys and girls: Study protocol.

A biopsychosocial model of social media use and body image concerns, disordered eating, and muscle-building behaviors among adolescent girls and boys (2020)
Journal Article
Rodgers, R. F., Slater, A., Gordon, C. S., McLean, S. A., Jarman, H. K., & Paxton, S. J. (in press). A biopsychosocial model of social media use and body image concerns, disordered eating, and muscle-building behaviors among adolescent girls and boys. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01190-0

Social media use is associated with body image concerns, disordered eating and body change behaviors in adolescents. This study aimed to examine these relationships within a biopsychosocial framework and test an integrated model. A sample of 681 adol... Read More about A biopsychosocial model of social media use and body image concerns, disordered eating, and muscle-building behaviors among adolescent girls and boys.

Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image (2019)
Journal Article
Diedrichs, P. C., Jankowski, G. S., Alleva, J. M., Stock, N. M., Atkinson, M. J., Atkinson, M., …Williamson, H. (2020). Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image. Body Image, 32, 53-61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.006

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd The field of body image and appearance research and practice is progressing; however, there is still work to be done to ensure broad societal impact. This article consolidates reflections from a range of established and early care... Read More about Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image.

Adolescent body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: Predictors of later risky health behaviours (2019)
Journal Article
Bornioli, A., Lewis-Smith, H., Smith, A., Slater, A., & Bray, I. (2019). Adolescent body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: Predictors of later risky health behaviours. Social Science and Medicine, 238, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112458

Rationale Body dissatisfaction is prevalent among teenagers, and may influence the uptake of risky health behaviours. Objective The study assessed the influence of body dissatisfaction on smoking, cannabis use, drug use, self-harm, gambling, and... Read More about Adolescent body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: Predictors of later risky health behaviours.

Adolescent body dissatisfaction as public health issue: Effects on later risky health behaviours (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Bornioli, A., Lewis-Smith, H., Smith, A., Slater, A., & Bray, I. (2019, March). Adolescent body dissatisfaction as public health issue: Effects on later risky health behaviours. Paper presented at South West Public Health Scientific Conference 2019

Aim: Body dissatisfaction is prevalent among teenagers, and may influence the uptake of risky health behaviours. The study assessed the influence of body dissatisfaction on smoking, cannabis use, drug use, self-harm, gambling, and drinking and the me... Read More about Adolescent body dissatisfaction as public health issue: Effects on later risky health behaviours.

The effect of exposure to parodies of thin-ideal images on young women's body image and mood (2019)
Journal Article
Slater, A., Cole, N., & Fardouly, J. (2019). The effect of exposure to parodies of thin-ideal images on young women's body image and mood. Body Image, 29, 82-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.03.001

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Although social networking services typically promote the thin beauty ideal for women, they also provide an opportunity for users to challenge this dominant ideal in unique and novel ways. This study aimed to experimentally invest... Read More about The effect of exposure to parodies of thin-ideal images on young women's body image and mood.

#bodypositivity: A content analysis of body positive accounts on Instagram (2019)
Journal Article
Cohen, R., Irwin, L., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2019). #bodypositivity: A content analysis of body positive accounts on Instagram. Body Image, 29, 47-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.02.007

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd In the last decade, the body image literature has begun to extend beyond a primary focus on body image disturbances and examine the construct of positive body image. Similarly, “Body positivity” is a growing social media trend tha... Read More about #bodypositivity: A content analysis of body positive accounts on Instagram.

#BoPo on Instagram: An experimental investigation of the effects of viewing body positive content on young women’s mood and body image (2019)
Journal Article
Cohen, R., Fardouly, J., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2019). #BoPo on Instagram: An experimental investigation of the effects of viewing body positive content on young women’s mood and body image. New Media and Society, 21(7), 1546-1564. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444819826530

Body positive content on social media aims to challenge mainstream beauty ideals and encourage acceptance and appreciation of all body types. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of viewing body positive Instagram posts on young women's... Read More about #BoPo on Instagram: An experimental investigation of the effects of viewing body positive content on young women’s mood and body image.

Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood (2018)
Journal Article
Halliwell, E., Jarman, H., Tylka, T. L., & Slater, A. (2018). Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood. Body Image, 27, 196-201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.10.003

© 2018 Yoga is an embodying activity that promotes body awareness, body connection, body responsiveness, and appreciation of body functionality, and it therefore may be a beneficial school-based intervention for children's body image. The present stu... Read More about Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood.

Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood (2018)
Journal Article
Halliwell, E., Jarman, H., Slater, A., & Tylka, T. L. (2018). Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood. Body Image, 27, 196-201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.10.003

Yoga is an embodying activity that promotes body awareness, body connection, body responsiveness, and appreciation of body functionality, and it therefore may be a beneficial school-based intervention for children’s body image. The present study exam... Read More about Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood.

Promoting positive body image and tackling overweight/obesity in children and adolescents: A combined health psychology and public health approach (2018)
Journal Article
Bray, I., Slater, A., Lewis-Smith, H., Bird, E., & Sabey, A. (2018). Promoting positive body image and tackling overweight/obesity in children and adolescents: A combined health psychology and public health approach. Preventive Medicine, 116, 219-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.011

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. This article draws attention to the dual global problems of disordered eating and overweight/obesity among children and adolescents. It is well recognised that the main risk factor for disordered eating is body dissatisfaction, y... Read More about Promoting positive body image and tackling overweight/obesity in children and adolescents: A combined health psychology and public health approach.

'Selfie’-objectification: The role of selfies in self-objectification and disordered eating in young women (2017)
Journal Article
Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2018). 'Selfie’-objectification: The role of selfies in self-objectification and disordered eating in young women. Computers in Human Behavior, 79, 68-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.10.027

Existing research demonstrates a relationship between social networking site (SNS) use and body-related concerns and disordered eating amongst females. Preliminary evidence indicates that SNS photo activities (e.g., taking and sharing 'selfies’) may... Read More about 'Selfie’-objectification: The role of selfies in self-objectification and disordered eating in young women.

The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women (2017)
Journal Article
Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image, 23, 183-187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.002

© 2017 The present study aimed to identify the specific social networking sites (SNS) features that relate to body image concerns in young women. A total of 259 women aged 18–29 years completed questionnaire measures of SNS use (Facebook and Instagra... Read More about The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women.