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Body Shame
Conceptualisation, Research and Treatment

ISBN 9781583911662
Published December 6, 2002 by Routledge
324 Pages

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Book Description

Physical appearance plays a powerful role in social relationships. Those who feel shame regarding the way they look, and who think others view their appearance negatively, can therefore be vulnerable to impoverished social relationships and a range of psychological difficulties. However, there are a few books which look specifically at the many permutations of body shame and their differing treatments.
In this book, researchers and therapists from a wide range of different disciplines and areas explore the role of shame in various physical and psychological disorders, and provide practical advice on management and treatment. Chapters are organised to address issues of conceptualisation, assessment and treatment, on topics such as:
* definitional controversies
* possible biopsychosocial and evolutionary origins of body shame
* effects on adjustment to maturation and aging process
* specific forms of disfigurement
* the role of body shame in depression, eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.
Body Shame gives the reader insight into the nature and mechanisms of shame, how it can focus on the body, how it can underlie a variety of psychological difficulties, and how to intervene to help resolve it. This book will be invaluable for practitioners from different disciplines working with people who have problems centred on their physical appearance and/or functions, and clinicians working with various mental health problems.

Table of Contents

Section I. Introduction. Gilbert, Body Shame: A Biopsychosocial Conceptualisation and Overview, with Treatment Implications. Gilbert, Thompson, Body Shame in Childhood and Adolescence: Relations to General Psychological Functioning and Eating Disorders. McKee, Gott, Shame and the Ageing Body. Carr, Body Shame: Issues of Assessment and Measurement. Kent, Thompson, The Development and Maintenance of Shame in Disfigurement: Implications for Treatment. Section II. Body Shame and Disfigurement. Miles, Psoriasis: The Role of Shame on Quality of Life. Kellett, Shame-fused Acne: A Biopsychosocial Conceptualisation and Treatment Rationale. Coughlan, Clarke, Shame and Burns. Ekströmer, Body Shame in Children who have Bowel Disorders. Lodnert, Prostate Cancer and Body Shame with Special Regard to Sexual Functioning. Section III. Body Shame and Psychological Disorders. Crozier, Blushing, Shame and Social Anxiety. Goss, Gilbert, Eating Disorders, Shame and Pride: A Cognitive-Behavioural Functional Analysis. Andrews, Body Shame and Abuse in Childhood. Veale, Shame in Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

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Paul Gilbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Mental Health Research Unit at Kingsway Hospital, University of Derby and Derbyshire Mental Health Services Trust.
Jeremy Miles is Lecturer in Biostatistics at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York.


'For those working with patients who experience any form of body disfigurment this book covers all the issues comprehensively... the section on psychological disorders is particularly insightful and well referenced... all chapters are extensively referenced and offer a balanced view. This is an excellent book in every respect.' - Mike Lehane, Nursing Standard 

'This edited work is clearly structured in a way that should inform and stimulate debate on the subject of body shame... I would recommend this book.' - Professor Glenn Waller, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Journal