The Influence of Body Image and Gender Roles on Health Behaviors

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2008

Project Description/Abstract

The purpose of this research is to examine how body image and gender roles relate to health behaviors. Research has demonstrated a strong association between body image and eating disorders. In addition, the present investigator has published research examining body image and smoking. The investigator aims to expand this research by examining a wide array of health behaviors including tobacco use, eating behaviors, exercise, drug and alcohol use, and sexual behaviors. The influence of gender and gender roles will also be examined. This represents a contribution to the literature for its inclusion of men, multiple health behaviors, and the examination of gender roles. In order to examine these relationships, the investigator will statistically analyze data collected over the past two years with the specific objective of submitting a manuscript for publication.

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