Dr. Charlotte H. Markey, Professor of Psychology will present “Raising Body Positive Girls”

Charlotte Markey

 

Date: Monday, April 13, 2020
Doors open at 11 a.m., lecture starts at 11:20 a.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room – Campus Center

Registration is required.

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Abstract:

What is body image and why should we care about “raising body positive girls”?

The vast majority of tween and teen girls express dissatisfaction about their bodies and their appearances in general.  This dissatisfaction is not a discrete or superficial worry.  It’s a set of concerns that affect all facets of girls’ lives including their physical and mental health, sense of self, interpersonal relationships, and future aspirations.

In this presentation, I will review some of the latest research featured in my book, The Body Image Book for Girls:  Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless, and discuss my experience of writing for health promotion.   The research reveals triggers of body dissatisfaction (e.g., social media) and identifies practices that contribute to body-positive girls.  I’ll also talk about the challenges of writing a book for teenagers.  If you have a body and have ever wanted to feel better about it, or know, have known, or will know a teenaged girl, or have read or want to write a book for young people, this presentation is relevant to you.