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(p. 360) Cognitive Dissonance–Based Interventions to Facilitate Positive Body Image and Embodiment 

(p. 360) Cognitive Dissonance–Based Interventions to Facilitate Positive Body Image and Embodiment
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(p. 360) Cognitive Dissonance–Based Interventions to Facilitate Positive Body Image and Embodiment
Author(s):

Emma Halliwell

, and Phillippa C. Diedrichs

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190841874.003.0034
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date: 21 October 2020

Cognitive dissonance–based interventions (CDIs) emerge in meta-analyses as the most effective selective eating disorder prevention and body acceptance programs. This chapter examines whether CDIs can also be used to promote aspects of positive body image and embodiment. Theoretical links between CDI content and positive body image are discussed. Also, the small body of empirical research that has evaluated the impact of CDI on aspects of positive body image is reviewed. The chapter argues that CDI could offer a useful tool to promote positive body image. Some revisions may be beneficial. However, it is critical that changes are evaluated in randomized controlled trials to ensure that the effectiveness of CDIs is not compromised by these adaptations.

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