Treatment issues for abused women: An investigation of the efficacy of a unified treatment for body image and self-esteem with abused women

Richard Eugene Pearl, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study examined the effect of a presentation about the holistic nature of body image and self-esteem, as held by those who practice social nudism, on the self-concept of abused women. A total of 126 subjects completed a two-part, pre-post survey to assess their body image, self-esteem, and overall self concept. They were also given a series of questions designed to identify women with a history of conjugal abuse. There were four groups. Two groups were control groups separated as abused or non-abused women. The other two were experimental groups, also separated as abused or non-abused women. The experimental groups had significantly improved body image, self-esteem, and overall self-concept. This indicates that education about the unified nature of body image and self esteem can be efficacious as a treatment alternative for body image, self-esteem, or overall self concept. Implications and further research possibilities are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Women's Studies|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Richard Eugene Pearl, "Treatment issues for abused women: An investigation of the efficacy of a unified treatment for body image and self-esteem with abused women" (1997). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9907859.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI9907859

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