Title

Body Acceptance Through Perinatal Intervention: A Group Proposal

Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lynett Henderson Metzger, Psy.D., J.D.

Second Advisor

Nicole E. Taylor, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jennifer E. Hettema, Ph.D.

Keywords

Body image, Postpartum, Perinatal, Weight bias, Weight stigma, Body acceptance, Birth outcomes, Medical education, Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, Attachment

Publication Statement

Copyright held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Abstract

Societal weight bias and stigma and body dissatisfaction are known to negatively affect biopsychosocial wellbeing. This paper proposes that the perinatal period is a unique and important time frame for intervention, potentially influencing both maternal and child physical and mental health outcomes. The importance of perinatal intervention for the treatment and prevention of body dissatisfaction and associated concerns are outlined. Evidence-based practices for the treatment and prevention of body dissatisfaction are reviewed and critiqued for lack of multicultural appropriateness. A Perinatal Body Image Group design and suggestions for advocacy based on present findings are provided.

Extent

58 pgs

Paper Method

Theoretical Analysis and Synthesis

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