Date of Award
Master of Arts in Child Development
First Reader/Committee Chair
Research over the years continue to show a rising number of young girls who develop body image dissatisfaction. Research studies have clearly outlined the negative impact of body image dissatisfaction in females, including its adverse effects on self-worth, mental health, and increasing one’s risk of substance abuse. It was expected that as a result of the 4-session workshop, parents will have a better understanding of the negative impact of body image dissatisfaction, causes of body image dissatisfaction, and how to develop a positive body image in young girls.
Parents attended four two-hour sessions held twice a week for two weeks. The main topics discussed included what is body dissatisfaction, the negative impact of body image dissatisfaction, causes of body dissatisfaction, and how to develop a positive body image in young girls.
Pre- and post- workshop assessment scores showed an increase in participants’ knowledge of the impact of body image dissatisfaction, causes of body image dissatisfaction, and how to help young girls build a positive body image.
Because this information in this workshop was well-received and parents indicated an increase in knowledge across the key domains, it is recommended that the workshop be more broadly available to more parents as well as teachers and others who work with girls in order to promote their well-being and positive development.
Richardson, Jennifer, "Helping Young Girls Build a Positive Body Image: A Training Workshop for Parents" (2020). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1134.