School of Health in Social Science

Designing and evaluating Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Body Image (IPT-BI)

In this project we are designing and evaluating a new intervention for young people who have concerns about their weight and shape called Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Body Image (IPT-BI).

Background

Poor body image is common during adolescence and is important to tackle because it is a risk factor for more serious difficulties, including depression and eating disorders. IPT-BI is based on an established therapeutic approach (IPT) that has been used with other types of difficulties and aims to promote more positive body image by giving young people the skills to manage their relationships with friends and family.

Key findings

IPT-BI is a feasible and acceptable intervention for young people who experience concerns about their weight and shape

Impact and outputs

Funders and collaborators

This project is being conducted in collaboration with NHS Lothian CAMHS and with secondary schools in and around Edinburgh

Aspects of the project are supported by an Innovation Initiative Grant from the University of Edinburgh

Project team

Dr Helen Sharpe
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Dr Fiona Duffy
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Body Image Group

Find out more about this group from the professionals who set this group up.

 

See the impact the body image group has had on the young people involved.