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Title: Body dissatisfaction and commitment to train as a competitive bodybuilder
Author: Burrell, Ruth
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 4722
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis explores body dissatisfaction and the commitment to train within a competitive sport. Given the rise of social media and different forums for people to make social comparisons, including on their physical appearance the implications on an individuals’ psychological wellbeing is interesting to explore. The first chapter is a systematic review of the relationship between body dissatisfaction, anxiety and / or depression. Throughout the review the studies are critically appraised and themes that emerged from the studies are discussed (‘Relationship between body dissatisfaction, anxiety and / or depression’; ‘No relationship between body dissatisfaction, anxiety and / or depression’; ‘Self-esteem’). Limitations, future directions for research and advice and suggestions for health professionals working with people describing body dissatisfaction are also discussed. The second chapter explores the lived experiences of committing to train as a competitive female bodybuilder. Seven women were recruited for this study and a qualitative methodology, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used. Three themes emerged from the data: ‘Challenging self’, ‘Perfectionism and unrelenting standards’ and ‘Self in relation to others’. Findings are discussed in the context of clinical implications and future research is considered. The third chapter is a reflective account of the research process. Highlighting areas of personal and professional learning throughout the process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology