Body matters : interventions and change techniques designed to improve body image

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Many women and men are unhappy with their bodies – especially with their body weight and shape. This negative body image can have serious consequences for physical and mental health. Therefore, an important question is: What can we do about it? In this PhD project, the researcher conducted a meta-analysis of existing body image interventions. She found that, unfortunately, existing interventions have only small effects on body image. The researcher also investigated novel techniques for improving body image. For example, she showed that body image can improve if people focus on what their bodies can do – rather than how they look.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Jansen, Anita, Supervisor
  • Sheeran, P., Supervisor, External person
  • Martijn, Carolien, Co-Supervisor
Award date25 Nov 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461594846
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • body image
  • body satisfaction
  • interventions

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