Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention - Second Edition  -     By: Thomas F. Cash
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Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention - Second Edition

Guilford Press / 2012 / Paperback

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The standard reference for practitioners, researchers, and students, this acclaimed work brings together internationally recognized experts from diverse mental health, medical, and allied health care disciplines. Contributors review established and emerging theories and findings; probe questions of culture, gender, health, and disorder; and present evidence-based assessment, treatment, and prevention approaches for the full range of body image concerns. Capturing the richness and complexity of the field in a readily accessible format, each of the 53 concise chapters of Body Image concludes with an informative annotated bibliography.

New to This Edition
  • Addresses the most urgent current questions in the field.
  • Reflects significant advances in key areas: assessment, body image in boys and men, obesity, illness-related body image issues, and cross-cultural research.
  • Conceptual Foundations section now incorporates evolutionary, genetic, and positive psychology perspectives.
  • Increased coverage of prevention.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 490
Vendor: Guilford Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.20 X 6.10 (inches)
ISBN: 1462509584
ISBN-13: 9781462509584

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Author Bio

Thomas F. Cash, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His research focuses on influences of physical appearance and body image on psychosocial functioning, including such topics as body image development, assessment, and treatment; obesity; eating disorders; cosmetic surgery; appearance-altering conditions; and appearance stereotyping and discrimination. He has authored or edited eight books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Cash has developed an empirically supported cognitive-behavioral program for body image improvement, as well as over a dozen validated assessments of dimensions of body image. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Body Image: An International Journal of Research and an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Cash resides in Naples, Florida.

Linda Smolak, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her research focuses on the development of body image and disordered eating, including such topics as media and familial influences on children's body image; child sexual abuse and body image; muscle building among adolescent boys; eating disorder prevention programs; athletic participation and body image; and gender roles and body image. She has been involved in the development of several body image-related scales. Dr. Smolak is author or editor of seven books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. She is an Associate Editor of Body Image: An International Journal of Research and serves on the editorial board for Eating Disorders: A Journal of Treatment and Prevention.


This volume offers the most comprehensive review to date of knowledge about body image. Whether you are a professional or student interested in body image, you should keep this book close at hand. The second edition maintains the high standards of its predecessor while incorporating the latest research. Highlights include more information about the neuroscientific bases of body image and expanded coverage of prevention.
-Sabine Wilhelm, PhD,
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

The first edition of this book was great, and this one is even better. It captures the significant advances that have occurred in the field over the past decade. This is the definitive work on all matters pertaining to body image.
-Kelly D. Brownell, PhD,
Department of Psychology and Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University

Cash, Smolak, and their contributing authors summarize most of what is currently known about body image. They cover the full range of relevant topics in 53 concise chapters. This terrific volume is the standard work on body image for clinicians, researchers, teachers, and students across disciplines.
-Carlos M. Grilo, PhD,
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director, Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research, Yale University

Cash and Smolak are world-renowned researchers who provide extensive information on all aspects of body image disturbance. This book is 'must' reading for anyone entering the field of mental health, as well as those already practicing. It discusses everything from developmental aspects of body image, to the normal range of appearance-related concerns, to assessment and treatment of body image disorders. There is no comparable book on the market today.
-Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, ABBP,
Director, Bio-Behavioral Institute, Great Neck, New York

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