Development Theory Of Body Image Essay

1387 Words Nov 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Disturbances in Viso-spatial representations of body size have been noted in healthy adult populations not experiencing body dissatisfaction. Funetes, Longo, & Haggard (2013) examined healthy adults body perception using a body image task. Participants were shown a head on a computer screen and asked to indicate where their body parts were relative to the head these created images were then compared to participant’s actual body size. The adults overestimated their shoulder width to height ratio by 40% while underestimating length of their arms and legs. No significant difference was found between gender. This suggest that healthy adult’s mental representation of themselves varies from their actual body size, indicating that adults not experiencing body dissatisfaction may lack accurate representations of themselves.
Development Theory of Body Image
Developmental Theories of body image examine the role of childhood and adolescent development in adult body image disturbances. Two areas of development are implicit in body image development: puberty and negative verbal comments. Puberty is a time of significant biological, psychological, and social changes (Polsdorfer, 2011). This time is considered to be important for both psychological and body image development. Rates of psychopathology and body dissatisfaction increase during this developmental stage. The rates of depression and generalized anxiety disorder in females’ significantly increases between the ages of 12 and 15…

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