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date: 15 December 2019

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This article explores how the family uniquely contributes to individuals' experience of appearance and to their values, attitudes, and behaviours. The first section explores two overarching ways in which the family contributes to our understanding of appearance: through the information that families offer, and their guidance in interpreting social and cultural information. The latter sections explore other more specific, familial factors that may affect appearance adjustment, including the family's influence when a member has a visible difference of appearance, the child's gender, and the family's relative importance compared to other sociocultural influences. It concludes with recommendations for future research.

Keywords: family, appearance psychology, adjustment, children, gender

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