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(p. 33) Body Functionality 

(p. 33) Body Functionality
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(p. 33) Body Functionality
Author(s):

Jessica M. Alleva

, and Carolien Martijn

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190841874.003.0004
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date: 22 October 2020

This chapter concerns body functionality: everything that the body can do, encompassing body functions related to (a) physical capacities (e.g., flexibility), (b) internal processes (e.g., digesting food), (c) bodily senses and perception (e.g., sight), (d) creative endeavors (e.g., playing an instrument), (e) communication with others (e.g., body language), and (f) self-care (e.g., showering). The following key areas are covered: First, the chapter explains how focusing on body functionality can be beneficial for fostering positive embodiment. Second, existing and emerging measures for assessing body functionality are described. Third, the chapter describes how body functionality can be integrated into intervention efforts. Last, the potential caveats of focusing on body functionality are highlighted, and important directions for future research are identified.

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