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Body image and depression (2021)

Pylvänäinen, P., Forsblom, A., Muotka, J., & Hyvönen, K. (2021). Body image and depression. In C. R. Martin, L.-A. Hunter, V. B. Patel, V. R. Preedy, & R. Rajendram (Eds.), The Neuroscience of Depression : Genetics, Cell Biology, Neurology, Behaviour, and Diet (pp. 397-404). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817935-2.00010-6

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Pylvänäinen, Päivi; Forsblom, Anita; Muotka, Joona; Hyvönen, Katriina

Parent publication: The Neuroscience of Depression : Genetics, Cell Biology, Neurology, Behaviour, and Diet

Parent publication editors: Martin, Colin R.; Hunter, Lan-Anh; Patel, Vinood B.; Preedy, Victor R.; Rajendram, Rajkumar

ISBN: 978-0-12-817935-2

eISBN: 978-0-12-817936-9

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 397-404

Number of pages in the book: 547

Publisher: Academic Press

Place of Publication: London

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817935-2.00010-6

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This chapter presents research findings on body image in depression sufferers. Body image is here considered to consist of three elements: image properties, body-self, and body memory. In depressed patients, the body image has characteristics typical to the disorder, influencing how they relate to themselves and their environment. Typical to the body image of depression sufferers experience low energy, discomfort in the body during social interaction, and a tendency to distance oneself from sensing the body. While having this fragmented connection to their own bodies, patients tend to ruminate on how others perceive them. Compared with standard care, dance movement therapy group treatment is more effective in promoting change in body image, increasing positive experiences of one’s own body and mobility. Qualitative changes in body image also include increased neutrality, acceptance, and less preoccupation with other’s perception.

Keywords: depression (mental disorders); bodiliness; body image; dance therapy; group therapy

Free keywords: embodiment; body image; body memory; dance movement therapy; group therapy

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 2

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