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The body image experiences of women working within the aesthetics sector: a thematic analysis of online survey and interview responses

OWEN, Alison and TAYLOR, Jennifer (2021) The body image experiences of women working within the aesthetics sector: a thematic analysis of online survey and interview responses. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 10 (8). ISSN 2050-3717

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Background:
Body dissatisfaction can have negative implications on health and wellbeing.

Aims:
Women working within the aesthetics sector have been identified as being vulnerable to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating; however, research exploring this population is scarce. This research aimed to investigate the area further.

Methods:
Online surveys and interviews were used to explore the body image experiences of 41 women working in the aesthetics sector.

Findings:
Thematic analysis highlighted three themes: a feeling that looking ‘good’ was necessitated by their profession; ubiquitous and inevitable nature of appearance comparisons; and an appearance satisfaction dichotomy, with some reporting feeling satisfied and others dissatisfied.

Conclusion:
The body image experiences of women working in the aesthetic sector are mixed and can be complex. The implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/joan.2021.10.8.358"
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Alison OWEN
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 12:23
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2022 01:38
URI: https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/7043

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