Appearance teasing (AT) is such a widespread phenomenon that to discount its meaning, impact, and severity on the lives of those who are teased would be a mistake. This study aims to explore the lived experiences of Indian youths who have been appearance-teased by their close friends and family, how they perceive it has impacted their senses of self and identity and to understand their coping strategies that help them manage the negative effects of AT. Data was collected via semi structured interviews with six young adults and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis of the transcripts reveals five master themes encompassing forms of exhibition of AT, causes, impact, protective factors, and coping strategies that represented the experiences for this population. Each individual voice captured in this study offers valuable insights into how teasing someone based on their appearance can have tremendous impacts on their psyche and behavior. Findings also point to the unique role played by Indian culture in these experiences of Indian youths. Based on the results, we conclude that there is a substantial need for awareness about AT in India and the impact of its normalization on Indian youth.
appearance teasing, identity, self, coping, interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative
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Yadav, S., Shagun, S., Moyon, K. V., & Bhanot, D. (2023). Appearance Teasing and Identity Formation Amongst Young Adults: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The Qualitative Report, 28(12), 3647-3676. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.6234