Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

A School-Based Body Image Intervention for Young Girls: Is Co-Educational or Single-Sex Delivery More Effective?

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

A School-Based Body Image Intervention for Young Girls: Is Co-Educational or Single-Sex Delivery More Effective?

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Author(s): Candice J Dunstan[sup.1], Susan J Paxton[sup.1], Sian A McLean[sup.1] and Karen Gregg[sup.1]

School-based body image interventions for girls have typically been evaluated in single-sex rather than co-educational settings. However, there may be advantages to including boys within classes and it might also be more practical to deliver interventions to co-educational classes. Hence, it is important to examine any difference in outcomes between these two delivery settings. This study evaluated a six-session, co-educational version of the body image intervention, Happy Being Me. Participants were Year 7 girls from 5 schools randomly allocated to receive either the intervention in a single-sex setting (n=74), co-educational setting (n=73) or no intervention control (n=53). Self-report questionnaires assessed body dissatisfaction, internalisation of media ideals, appearance comparisons, self-esteem, and depression at baseline, post-intervention, and 6-month follow-up. Improvements were found in body dissatisfaction, internalisation, appearance comparisons, and self-esteem, from baseline to post-intervention in the intervention groups compared with the control group. …

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