Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa VanGetson APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Susan M. Cutshall, APRN, CNS, DNP


The purpose of this scholarly project is to develop and evaluate a support group and provide one on one education for adult women who are struggling with body image issues. Negative body image issues can lead to low self-esteem, shame, eating disorders, self-harm, a decrease in desires to participate in daily life, sexual problems, a lower overall quality of life and much more (Rollero & DePicolli, 2017). Self-objectification is the belief that one’s body is an object to be looked at and judged based on appearance (Rollero & DePicolli, 2017). These support groups will help to determine the goals and direction of this scholarly project throughout not only this project but also in future practice. They will also help to educate people on the topic of self-objectification and body image resiliency with the goal of helping people improve both.


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