Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 3–4, pp 292–293 | Cite as

Body Image Dissatisfaction: Normative Discontent?

Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children, revised edition, by Sarah Grogan, New York, Routledge, 2007. 250 pp. $33.95 (paperback). ISBN-10: 0415358213
  • Heather Littleton
Book Review

It has been stated that negative body image can be considered a “normative discontent” among individuals, particularly women, in Western societies (Cash and Henry 1995). Research into body image has increased dramatically in recent years. Indeed, in 2004 the journal Body Image was founded to publish articles exclusively on this topic and received over 120 submissions in its first year (Cash 2005). Given the volume of research being conducted in this area, it seems necessary then that an updated version of the 1999 book Body Image: Understanding Body Image Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children by body image expert Sarah Grogan be published.

The revised edition of Body Imageis structured similarly to the first edition with chapters focusing on body image ideals in Western culture, body image among women, men, and children, the media and body image, and body image and diversity. The revised edition also includes a chapter discussing factors associated with positive body image and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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