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The Dove Self-Esteem Project: Banish body talk

Parent Zone has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help you in your work with young people. Low self-esteem can affect everything, from school work to how you socialise with others. We are making available free expert resources accredited by the PSHE Association for teachers and parents to help young people build confidence and feel good about themselves

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‘You look good – have you lost some weight?’

It’s nice to pay a friend a compliment, but how many are based around how they look, rather than the things they’ve done or the amazing things they’ve achieved?

Remarks such as the one above may seem positive, but regularly commenting on someone’s appearance, even if you think you’re being nice, merely adds to the pressures on young people to look a certain way, and then feel bad about themselves when they believe they don’t achieve this. 

In the UK, 9 in 10 girls admit they will opt out of activities, such as joining a club, sharing their opinion or even leaving the house, if they don’t feel good about the way they look.[1]

Boys are also feeling pressure to look a certain way. [2]

Confident Me, session 4: Banish body talk

This week's featured resource from the Dove Self-Esteem Project looks at how young people can learn to deal with the challenges of body talk. It is designed to be used alongside the four other sessions, beginning with Confident Me, session 1: Appearance Ideals. Research shows that delivering all 5 workshops results in positive change for pupils.[3]

By the end of the session, pupils will have:

  • Understood what is meant by body talk, and why people engage in conversations about appearance.
  • Recognised the problems body talk can cause and developed strategies to challenge the use of body talk.
  • Committed to taking positive action to build their body confidence.

The session includes four short films covering body talk conversations with friends, with team mates and with the mirror, and a general film about body talk at school, which you can view here. To see the others, sign up to the Dove Self-Esteem Project here.

Film: Body Talk Soundtrack to School

Try the single session Confident Me workshop

Confident Me is also available as a single, 45-60-minute workshop, covering topics such as media influence, peer pressure and strategies for promoting positive body image and self-esteem. Students learn through class discussion, small-group activities, videos and activity worksheets.

Our expert resources for teachers and parents are based on comprehensive research, in collaboration with The Centre For Appearance Research (University of West England) and evaluated by body image experts. The school resources are accredited by the PSHE Association.

Register for FREE teaching resources to deliver PSHE Association-approved in-school self-esteem workshops here.

For parents

Download the free Uniquely Me parent guide to hand out to your pupils and parents.

This downloadable pdf contains expert advice from Dove Self-Esteem Project global experts from the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource for parents that is focused on advice and action.

 

[1]Diedrichs, PC; Atkinson, MJ; Steer, RJ; Garbett, KM; Rumsey, N & Halliwell, E (2015): Effectiveness of a brief school-based body image intervention ‘Dove Confident Me: Single Session’ when delivered by teachers and researchers: Results from a cluster randomised controlled trial.

[2]http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk/somebody-like-me/

[3]Diedrichs, PC; Atkinson, MJ; Steer, RJ; Garbett, KM; Rumsey, N & Halliwell, E (2015): Effectiveness of a brief school-based body image intervention ‘Dove Confident Me: Single  Session’ when delivered by teachers and researchers: Results from a cluster randomised controlled trial.

 

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