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Adolescent girls' views on cosmetic surgery: a focus group study

Ashikali, E.-M., Dittmar, H. & Ayers, S. (2016). Adolescent girls' views on cosmetic surgery: a focus group study. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(1), pp. 112-121. doi: 10.1177/1359105314522677


This study examined adolescent girls’ views of cosmetic surgery. Seven focus groups were run with girls aged 15 to 18 (N = 27). Participants read case studies of women having cosmetic surgery, followed by discussion and exploration of their views. Thematic analysis identified four themes: (1)
Dissatisfaction with appearance, (2) Acceptability of cosmetic surgery, (3) Feelings about undergoing cosmetic surgery, and (4) Cosmetic surgery in the media. Results suggest the acceptability of cosmetic surgery varies according to the reasons for having it; and that the media plays an important role by normalising surgery and under-representing the risks associated with it.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: © The Author(s) 2014
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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