Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 December 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article provides an overview of Section I of this book. It introduces readers to a range of contexts, perspectives, and influences contributing to the psychology of appearance. It offers insights from a variety of professional backgrounds, including social, clinical, and health psychology, surgery, and sociology. The influence of the private sector is highlighted in relation to messages promulgated by the media, the marketing of new technologies, and in conditions attached to health insurance. Within the public sector, health policies and the prioritization of resources both regionally and nationally limit the current provision of care for those distressed by their appearance. The relative sophistication of the challenges in the UK and the US is brought into sharp relief, however, by a consideration of the issues faced by those working in resource-poor countries.

Keywords: appearance psychology, private sector, media, health insurance, health policy

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.