Co-producing a cultural adaptation of a dissonance-based intervention for delivery in educational settings with ethnically diverse adolescent girls
Body dissatisfaction is a major public health concern, with serious mental health implications such as body dysmorphia and eating pathologies. To address this issue, Stice and colleagues have developed an evidence-base for dissonance-based interventions (DBI) for the alleviation of body dissatisfaction. The Body Project has evolved over the last 16 years and has produced a small number of adaptations of the initial intervention scripts, resources and lessons plans. One of the features of the project has been the use of ‘peer leaders’ to deliver the intervention, as well as an adaptation of the traditional Body Project to be suitable for orthodox Jewish adolescent girls.
For her PhD project, Hannah is building upon her previous research in eating disorder prevention, cultural inclusivity and involvement by co-producing a cultural adaptation of The Body Project – an eating disorder prevention programme based on cognitive dissonance which has the most robust evidence base in the field. By working closely with the diverse community of Tower Hamlets, Hannah intends to co-deliver and co-evaluate the culturally adapted intervention in local schools with educational mental health practitioners and experts-by-experience.