Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Sona Dimidjian

Second Advisor

Dr. Heidi Day

Third Advisor

Dr. Holly Gayley

Abstract

Based on the risks that body dissatisfaction poses for young women, it is necessary to find effective and sustainable ways in which body satisfaction can be promoted within young women in college. This study explores the changes in key variables associated with body image through mindfulness-based practices amongst female students in a residence hall at the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as the feasibility of holding mindfulness classes in college dorms. First-year students (N=17) of a college residence hall were recruited and completed baseline and post class measures associated with body image. The differences in outcome measures were not found to be statistically significant. Brief exposure to mindfulness in regards to body image may not be effective in helping first-year female students gain significant changes associated with body satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Future studies must look at a larger sample, a longer follow up period, and ways to make use of existing campus spaces to create spaces of sustainable mindfulness practices in order to help promote healthier body perceptions at the university.

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