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How do adult women feel about their appearance? Contribute to an important study and enter a draw to win an Amazon voucher

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MEDIA: Helena LS Tue 06-May-14 17:05:01


I’m a Psychology PhD student from the University of the West of England in Bristol, and I’m conducting a research study to explore how adult women feel about their appearance. Body image is an important issue for many women today and your participation will contribute towards a greater understanding of the area. Furthermore, it will help to inform the development of future body image interventions which have the potential to improve the lives of women who are distressed about their appearance.

I’m hoping to recruit women above the age of 35 who are happy to complete an online questionnaire which will take approximately 30 minutes.

In exchange for your greatly appreciated participation, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four £25 Amazon vouchers.

To participate in the study, please click on the link at the end of this paragraph. It will take you straight to the Participant Information Sheet which provides more details about the study. Once you indicate consent, you will be taken to the survey. Follow this link for the survey:

Should you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact me via email:

Thank you for your support and I hope you find the survey interesting.

Best wishes,
Helena Lewis-Smith

hellymelly Tue 06-May-14 17:08:14

I am happy to do the questionaire, but I can't click on the link

Lacreon Tue 06-May-14 17:11:19

Also happy to do - link worked ok for me...

user2575 Wed 07-May-14 10:40:42

Hi, it's Helena, the researcher.

Sorry that the link hasn't worked, try clicking here:

Otherwise, if you highlight, copy and paste into your web browser, it should take you to the survey.

Thank you so much for your participation, I'm very grateful.

hellymelly Wed 07-May-14 11:32:57

I've done the survey.

user2575 Wed 07-May-14 12:39:41

Many thanks smile

ballsballsballs Wed 07-May-14 13:02:42

Done smile

donnie Wed 07-May-14 13:05:09

I have done it too.

domesticslattern Wed 07-May-14 13:21:33

Very interesting survey.

squizita Wed 07-May-14 13:58:48

Why is there no option before 'premenopausal' on the menopause question?

You know most women aged 35-mid 40s still have regular periods? Pre-menopause won't have happened yet to many of us.

squizita Wed 07-May-14 14:15:43

...also some of us ARE pregnant. Bearing in mind the topic, some of the questions do rather assume at 35 we go grey, our periods stop and we notice a DRASTIC change in energy etc'!
I am having to tick the 'I have to slow down' box because I have a bump!

squizita Wed 07-May-14 14:33:24

...oh one more thing. There are questions about being intimidated or not by 'unrealistically thin' women. What about other intimidating representations of women (large breasts, perfect face/teeth, tall etc'): the 'thin' thing is a bit simplistic IMO.
When you look at 35+ role models, often they are tall, large breasted perfect 'mother' but glam, rather than teen models.

sweetfluffybunnies Wed 07-May-14 14:41:32


squizita premenopausal just means before menopause, I think you're confusing it with the perimenopause which is the couple of years when you start getting symptoms prior to the actual menopause.

squizita Wed 07-May-14 15:09:43

MrsDmitri I have had gynie specialists refer to it - different ones - as the time when you may still be getting periods, but cannot get pregnant (*the stage before perimenopause*) but I don't know if they have just coined this phrase for their own means? They test for it after recurrent MC.

hellymelly Wed 07-May-14 15:41:39

Perimenopausal is the time when you still get periods but would find it hard (but not impossible, if you are ovulating,) to get pregnant ,as you may have a more erratic cycle, and hormone levels have started to fluctuate. There is no stage before perimenopause, other than menstruating regularly. Pre-meno just means not yet in menopause, or past it.

squizita Wed 07-May-14 17:26:53

Hmm, that's weird then, because specialist HCP seem to be using the term differently (not just one, and at 2 major hospitals). I wonder why? To avoid patient confusion?

I didn't have it, but was tested for perimenopause as a possible cause for some MC issues I had in my early 30s. Except in all honesty they called it "the PRE-menopausal phase" as opposed to "normal menstruation" - and perimenopausal was - in their explanations - when it became really obvious and imminent. Perhaps there is another phase which doesn't have a name yet which they notice?

RandomMess Wed 07-May-14 21:38:17

Coming back to do this now, shameless bump as it looks interesting!

RandomMess Wed 07-May-14 22:02:11

Still going shock

incogKNEEto Wed 07-May-14 23:26:06

Done smile

user2575 Thu 08-May-14 10:21:16

Hi Ladies, it's Helena the researcher here.

Thank you ever so much for completing the survey - I'm extremely grateful. I hope you have found it interesting.

Sorry for any confusion caused by the questions.

Squizita I very much agree about intimidating representations of women other than being 'unrealistically thin', however I have had to use validated scales which at present, do not take other characteristics in to account. However, this is why I have provided open-ended questions throughout as I'm very interested to hear about all the additional pressures women feel. Please keep in mind that the survey is being completed by women above the age of 35 and in to the 60s, who are more likely to have experienced features of ageing e.g. going grey. However, I am also interested in younger women's thoughts and concerns about when their appearance does eventually begin to changing due to ageing.

Hope I've managed to clarify a few things. Thanks so much for your interest in the survey, I very much appreciate it.


squizita Thu 08-May-14 13:46:09

Hi Helena,

Just commenting for myself, I find the 'role models' I feel society expects me to look like are celebrities such as Myleen Klass, Nigella Lawson, Christina Hendricks etc'. They are touted as positive because they are "women with curves" - the irony being that (1) the curves are all in the right place and more ample than many of us and (2) there's never the greys, lines etc' you might expect to see in a non-celebrity. But just because the magazines mention 'curves' they are seen as realistic!

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