Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Michelle K Ullery, DNP, APRN, CNP

Second Advisor

Susanne M. Cutshall, DNP, APRN, CNS


Body dysmorphic disorder is a preoccupation with a perceived defect or flaw in one’s appearance that is either not noticeable or only slightly observable by others, and it is severe enough that there is impairment in other areas of functioning due to the distress, rituals and thoughts regarding their bodies (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Body dysmorphia is common, especially amongst young women ages 18-24, with little options for treatment. Affirmations or positive self-talk might reduce the significance and impact of this diagnosis. Through literature review and research, it is evident that there is a gap in the literature when it comes to the utilization of positive self-talk and body dysmorphia. This gap has led to a limited amount of treatment options for those suffering from body dysmorphia. This scholarly project supported the idea that implementing positive affirmations could be helpful for those with body dysmorphia. Self-affirmation may be a strategy for creating awareness about how one speaks to themselves, as well as awareness to work on changing those thoughts in an attempt to create a better relationship with one’s body and self.


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