Vistas Online 2009

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Predictors of Body Dissatisfaction among Adolescent Females

Melissa Hall


Body dissatisfaction is a problem that has received much attention in our society during recent decades. Body dissatisfaction can be defined as the subjective negative evaluation of one’s figure or body parts. It is estimated that as many as 10 million women and 1 million men suffer from anorexia nervosa, another 25 million are estimated to be affected by bulimia nervosa (Shisslak, Crago, & Estes, 1995, as cited in Park, 2005). Young women have been considered at the highest risk for these eating disorders, and it is estimated that 15 percent of young women struggle with an eating disorder (Levchuck, Kosek, & Drohan, 2000, as cited in Park, 2005). Approximately 25 percent of adolescent girls report clinically significant levels of body dissatisfaction (Stice & Whitenton, 2002). Body dissatisfaction is beginning with younger ages. Research shows that 40 percent of 6- year- old girls wished they were thinner (Park, 2005).

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