The psychology of appearance: why health psychologists should “do looks”

Rumsey, N. (2008) The psychology of appearance: why health psychologists should “do looks”. European Health Psychologist, 10 (3). pp. 46-50. Available from:

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Societal interest in appearance has a long history, but has never been more prevalent than now. Messages associating physical attractiveness with success and happiness are unremitting; researchers and commentators consider that extensive, and for a proportion of the population, debilitating levels of appearance concerns are considered normative. In this article I will offer a brief history of appearance research as a context for the current state of play in this area, explore reasons why the topic of appearance remains peripheral at best for most health psychologists, and offer arguments for why it should become more central.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:health psychology, appearance
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:12031
Deposited By: Professor N. Rumsey
Deposited On:04 Nov 2010 08:48
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 18:29

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