What I look like: College women, body image, and spirituality

Zhang, Kaili (2013) What I look like: College women, body image, and spirituality. Journal of Religion and Health, 52 (4). pp. 1240-1252. ISSN 0022-4197

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-012-9566-0

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Despite public acknowledgment of the importance of spiritual development, little has been written globally on female young adults' personal views of their spiritual values and body image. This article briefly presents the findings of a pilot study that explored female college students' reflections on body image and spirituality. Responses from participants showed that (1) many students are interested in faith and spiritual development; (2) body dissatisfaction affects those women who viewed themselves as spiritual (92%) as well as those who said they were free thinkers (49%). Nevertheless, religion and spiritual values seemed to confer some behavioral protection. Implications for educational programs that will address the spiritual dimension of learning are discussed.

Keywords:Body image, College women, spiritual development, Singapore
Subjects:X Education > X142 Training Teachers - Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:45974
Deposited On:13 Oct 2021 13:19

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