A qualitative exploration of positive body image experiences among nonbinary individuals

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2023-12-01
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Paff Ogle, Jennifer
Johnson, Ashlie N
Harmon, Jennifer
Morris, Kristen
Kittersong, Piper
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© 2023 Elsevier Ltd.
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Reddy-Best, Kelly
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Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

The Department of Apparel, Education Studies, and Hospitality Management provides an interdisciplinary look into areas of aesthetics, leadership, event planning, entrepreneurship, and multi-channel retailing. It consists of four majors: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; Event Management; Family and Consumer Education and Studies; and Hospitality Management.

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The Department of Apparel, Education Studies, and Hospitality Management was founded in 2001 from the merging of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies; the Department of Textiles and Clothing, and the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

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2001 - present

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  • College of Human Sciences (parent college)
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  • Department of Textiles and Clothing (predecessor)
  • Trend Magazine (student organization)

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One group whose positive body image experiences remain under-explored is individuals who identify as nonbinary, gender fluid, and/or genderqueer (including other nonbinary identities). Thus, we sought to answer the questions: What does it look like to have a positive body image for a nonbinary person? and How do nonbinary persons form and maintain a positive body image? To answer these questions, we conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 15 nonbinary individuals who were assessed as having positive body image using the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (Tylka & Wood-Barcalow, 2015a). Data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Four themes were identified as characterizing the core features of positive body image among nonbinary persons: body appreciation, body- and self-acceptance, bodily appearance embodied their authentic self, and holding flexible ideals for ways of being. Six themes were identified as related to on-going processes that explain how body image is formed and maintained among nonbinary persons: reframing negative body image information, staging resistance, experiencing representation, receiving and giving social support, practicing self-compassion and self-care, and using dress to create a satisfying presentation of self. In keeping with the tenets of queer theory, findings reflected how gender identity set a context for participants’ positive body image experiences.
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This accepted article is published as Ogle, J.P., Johnson, A.N., Reddy-Best, K.L., Harmon, J., Morris, K., Kittersong, P., A qualitative exploration of positive body image experiences among nonbinary individuals. Body Image. 2023, 47;101632. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2023.101632. Posted with permission.
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