Girls, Body Image, and the School Setting: An Exploratory Study
There are a variety of things a teacher can do to create a positive environment in the school setting relating to body image. Focus group participants felt teachers and other school personnel could:
(a) openly allow body image discussion in the classrooms either through Talking Circles or Body Talk;
(b) promote active lifestyles;
(c) promote healthy eating habits; and
(d) act as role models by modelling the right examples.
Listening and encouraging students can also create a positive environment. The normal development of bodies should be discussed openly in the classrooms. In order to help create positive body images in young girls, participants believed it was important for teachers and school personnel to: participate in empathy training (learning to talk to each other and to listen to each other), educate parents; train physical education teachers; encourage students to write daily journals and critically analyze media literacy.
Advisor:Nicol, Jennifer; McIntyre, Laureen; Kalyn, Brenda; Martin, Stephanie
School:University of Saskatchewan
School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:body image disordered eating disorders dissatisfaction
Date of Publication:12/04/2007