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The impact of positive self-esteem on pupils' lives outside school


Parent Zone has been working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help boost pupils' self-esteem. 

'We know that taking part in the Confident Me workshops has a positive impact on young people'

Research has found that if young people demonstrate good self-esteem and body positivity, the benefits trickle down to their mental and physical health, as well as their work and educational aspirations.

In this video Dr Phillippa Diedrich, research psychologist from the University of the West of England, highlights the impact body confidence has on all the key areas of living for young people.

'If young people experience low body confidence they’re more likely to be anxious, have low moods and engage in unhealthy disordered eating behaviours,' she says.

In contrast, Dr Diedrich says when young people enjoy a positive body image they’re more likely to take part in physical activity, put their hand up in classroom and feel confident to participate in the daily activities in their lives.

She adds that Dove’s Confident Me workshops have had a positive impact on the children who take part with many of them able to deal with teasing and bullying up-to six months after the workshop.


Register for FREE teaching resources to deliver the single session 45-minute workshop in your school.

For parents

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


Uniquely Me parent guide.pdf

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.

Parent Zone is working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help boost UK pupils' body confidence through its PSHE Association-approved in-school workshops. Find out more about the full programme here.