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Bristol hosts conference on body image

July 14, 2010

The Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) based at the University of the West of England, Bristol, strives to make a real difference to the lives of the millions of people who experience significant distress in relation to their appearance. CAR acts as a centre of excellence for psychological and interdisciplinary research in appearance, disfigurement and related studies.

In July this year, CAR hosted its fourth Appearance Matters Conference. This two day event attracted nearly 200 national and international delegates from a range of professional backgrounds. The conference included workshops, symposia, oral and poster presentations highlighting a wide range of appearance-related issues including the psychological factors linked to adjustment to visible difference (disfigurement), the influence of new media on body image, weight related issues, sexuality, gender, identity and appearance, the provision of care for people with appearance concerns, psychosocial interventions, and future avenues of research. Invited speakers included Dr Alex Clarke from the Royal Free Hospital London who summarised recent progress made in developing interventions for people with visible differences, and Professor Lina Ricciardelli from Deakin University, Australia who discussed her research on the role that socio-cultural factors play in the development of body image and in the health related behaviours of adolescent boys. Mr Ian Hutchinson, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon and founder of the charity Saving Faces: the Facial Surgery Research Foundation introduced an exhibition of paintings loaned by the charity to the conference.

More information about CAR and the conference can be found on their website http://www.uwe.ac.uk/research/car

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