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Nurs Clin North Am. 1991 Sep;26(3):727-36.

Body-image therapy.

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Greenbrier Hospital, Covington, Louisiana.


Body image is a complex interplay of factors resulting in a sense of the body perceived by that individual. In eating-disorder clients, there is a distortion between their perceived image of their body and its actuality. This is combined with a sense of dissatisfaction and alienation of mind and body. Cognitive, right-brain, and kinesthetic strategies are described that seek to decrease distortion and dissatisfaction and facilitates individuation-separation and a reintegration of the self. These strategies are both therapeutic and evaluative. Cultural expectations of women have had a profound impact on the proliferation of eating disorders, and they account for the fact that body distortion is found in both normal and eating-disordered women.

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