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(p. 255) Positive Body Image in People Living with Visible Differences 

(p. 255) Positive Body Image in People Living with Visible Differences
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(p. 255) Positive Body Image in People Living with Visible Differences
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Diana Harcourt

, and Heidi Williamson

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190841874.003.0025
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date: 21 October 2020

Despite a growing body of literature exploring the challenges of having an appearance that is unusual or different from the norm, there has been a relative dearth of research into positive body image among people living with visible differences or disfigurements of any sort. This chapter considers a range of qualitative studies that have repeatedly identified people with visible differences appreciating and respecting body functionality and other personal attributes over outward appearance. These findings, together with the only quantitative study in this field to date, suggest a need to explore the potential benefits of positive body image interventions as a supplement or alternative to current interventions and support for those who are negatively affected by visible difference. Areas warranting further research are also highlighted.

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