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Factors Influencing the Development of Potential Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Adult Males: A Phenomenological Inquiry
by Archer, Michael A., Psy.D., Antioch University, 2007, 99; 10805820
Abstract (Summary)

Concern with body image is on the rise among American males. Although alone thismay not be cause for alarm, a preoccupation with appearance can impact self-esteem and level of functioning and lead possibly to the development of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Although biological, psychological and sociocultural factors are implicated in the onset of BDD, it is vital to explore which specific factors men themselves attribute to its development. To understand BDD and its phenomenological impact among males, it is necessary to explore its epidemiological aspects, treatment methods, and assessment issues. In this study the specific factors six men feel impact the development of their negative body image and potential BDD are defined and explored. Results from this study support existing literature highlighting the positive correlation between specific psychological and societal factors and the development of BDD in men. Participants of this study commonly cited negative comments from family members during childhood and the impact of culture and media as prime factors. Unique factors such as seeking acceptance from others, participation in the performing arts, clothing and not being in a relationship were also cited. Understanding the impact of these factors can shine light on the severity, prevalence, and impact of this disorder on men.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wieneke, Mary
Commitee: Greig, Laurie, Jones, Gwendolyn, Wieneke, Mary
School: Antioch University
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Mass communications, Gender studies
Keywords: Body dysmorphic disorder, Body image, Males, Media, Men
Publication Number: 10805820
ISBN: 978-0-355-83453-6
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