•  
  •  
 

Abstract

Although the negative effects of female body objectification are well established, there is a lack of qualitative research examining how women can develop resiliency against body image issues and low self-esteem. Through the current phenomenological qualitative study, we sought to explore how participants defined being a woman, particularly a woman with healthy self-esteem. In addition, we explored several resiliency strategies, based on Choate’s (2005) theoretical model of body image resilience, that women could potentially use to combat some of the effects of objectification. Results indicated that female participants experience normative beliefs and gender expectations that a woman with a healthy self-esteem should be able to defy. In addition, results indicated that the resiliency strategies of family support and holistic wellness could be the most beneficial in developing resistance against body image issues.

Keywords

Body Image, Objectification, Self-Esteem, Resilience, Women

Author Bio(s)

Lauren L. McLean is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Counseling at Sam Houston State University. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: llm011@shsu.edu.

Amanda C. LaGuardia is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at Sam Houston State University. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: alaguardia@shsu.edu.

Publication Date

6-20-2016

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Share

Submission Location

 
COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.