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A qualitative exploration of pre-wedding body image concerns in UK brides

TAYLOR, Jennifer, OWEN, Alison and McHale, Corrina (2023) A qualitative exploration of pre-wedding body image concerns in UK brides. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing. ISSN 2052-2878

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This study is the first study in the UK to explore pre-wedding body image concerns and experiences. 134 participants took part in either an online survey or a semi-structured interview. The overarching theme developed after reflexive thematic analysis of the data captured the body image expectations and pressures experienced in the run up to a wedding. These pressures and expectations came from a variety of sources but particularly as a result of perceived and/or experienced judgement from others, including those attending the wedding, and the wedding industry itself. Many brides intended to lose weight in preparation for the day, and not meeting weight-loss targets had significant implications in terms of feelings and emotions, as well as behaviorally. Findings have important implications for professionals who work in the aesthetic industry and come into contact with individuals who present with weight and/or other appearance related concerns.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Alison OWEN
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2023 16:27
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2023 01:38

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