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  • Preschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study says

    Young children develop body image much earlier than parents believe, suggests a new study led by Janet Liechty, a professor of social work and of medicine at the University of Illinois. Co-authors of the paper were Julie P. Birky, a clinical counselor at the Counseling Center, and social work graduate student Samantha Clarke, both of the U. of I.; and University of Michigan communication studies professor Kristen Harrison.

    Young children develop body image much earlier than parents believe, suggests a new study led by Janet Liechty, a professor of social work and of medicine at the University of Illinois. Co-authors of the paper were Julie P. Birky, a clinical counselor at the Counseling Center, and social work graduate student Samantha Clarke, both of the U. of I.; and University of Michigan communication studies professor Kristen Harrison.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Janet Liechty, call 217-265-0577; email jliechty@illinois.edu

    The paper “Perceptions of early body image socialization in families: Exploring knowledge, beliefs and strategies among mothers of preschoolers” is available online from ScienceDirect or from the News Bureau.