Body Image: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

By Thomas F. Cash; Thomas Pruzinsky | Go to book overview

Preface
Body image, the multifaceted psychological experience of embodiment, profoundly influences the quality of human life. In 1990, we had the pleasure of editing our first volume on this fascinating topic, Body Images: Development, Deviance, and Change. Over the next decade, as we continued our own body image scholarship, we witnessed the impressive growth of interest in body image in diverse professional areas, as well as in the general public and the media. Much of the burgeoning literature pertains to body image in relation to eating disorders and obesity. However, we strongly believe that the range of inquiry into understanding how body image affects quality of life must be far broader. As we reflected on our own combined half century of clinical and research experience in this area, we envisioned an informative and inspiring new volume that would provide essential contributions to the field, including:
Contemporary understanding of body image theory, research, and clinical practice
Comprehensive coverage of a range of body image topics in both psychology and medicine
Concise yet edifying reviews of the scholarly literatures
Clinical perspectives on body image assessment, prevention, and treatment
Constructive ideas to serve as catalysts for the future of the field

Our vision for the book became a reality. We have had the good fortune of collaborating with an enthusiastic group of internationally recognized experts. Our colleagues skillfully distilled their scientific and clinical wisdom into insightful reviews of specific body image topics. With its unprecedented breadth of 57 chapters, this new volume addresses the richness and complexity of body image experiences, fully capturing yet transcending the

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