Hannah Kate Lewis

Thesis title:

Co-producing a cultural adaptation of The Body Project with Bangladeshi 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.
This study aims to build on these successful adaptations, by co-producing a new adaptation that is suitable for Bangladeshi adolescent girls in Britain, to be co-designed and co-delivered by experts-by-experience or ‘peer leaders’.
This study will then evaluate both the product and the process, by measuring the impact of the actual school-based intervention on local 13-18 year olds as well as assessing the impact of coproduction methodology on the peer leaders, with a hypothesis that being involved in the co-delivery of a DBI will in fact maintain recovery and prevent relapse of body dissatisfaction related disorders such as eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.

First supervisor:

Mark Freestone


2 – Life Course, Psychology, & Health