Body Image Disturbances, the Media and the Adolescent Girl: Counseling Strategies and Adlerian Concepts

Body Image Disturbances may appear when an adolescent girl’s self-evaluation of her appearance interferes with her physical and mental health. Media exposure profoundly affects the stereotyping of the perfect body, resulting in a multitude of body image disturbances. For the impressionable adolescent girl, this is particularly true. This paper investigates the impact of the media on adolescent female body image. The relationship between body image and the Adlerian concepts of striving for significance, feelings and mistaken beliefs, goals of misbehavior, and inferiority will be discussed. Practical strategies for school counselors will also be provided.

Leila M. Persson
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