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The Positive Body Image Project

12 March 2019

The purpose of the study: to investigate how self-compassion and gratitude may help people change their relationship with body image in a positive way
The nature of the study: a randomized controlled trial of brief meditation tasks or control done in your own time
Time commitment: 3 hours spread over two weeks
Tasks: complete questionnaires 3 times. Intervention groups practice a meditation task for 5min per day. Video Instruction and MP3 meditation provided by email after registering

Requirements

  • You will be eligible to take part if:
  • You are willing to try to practice a brief meditation exercise for 5mins per day over a period of two weeks
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You experience some feelings of dissatisfaction with body shape from time to time
  • You do not have any history of, or currently experience, an eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder or any other mental health condition

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Ethical approval

This study was reviewed by, and received ethical approval clearance from Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee on 5th March 2019 (ref: 19/NSP/019)

About the researcher

Dr Paul Lattimore (BSc. PhD) is a research psychologist and mindfulness teacher. His research focuses on the potential benefits of meditation for different aspects of wellbeing. He has extensive experience as a meditator and is an accredited mindfulness teacher. Dr Lattimore has delivered a range of mindfulness meditation courses for students, corporate clients and the wider public. You can view his academic profile here: https://goo.gl/2AA2Dt

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