Improving body image and sexual health behaviors among college women

Stephanie L. Grossman, Bianca Campagna, Hadley Brochu, Meline Odermatt, Rachel A. Annunziato

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Objective: To conduct a pilot test to determine if the Body Project, an eating disorder prevention program, was able to reduce risky sexual behaviors. Participants: Twenty college-age women ages 18–21 (in March, 2015) who endorsed both body image dissatisfaction and previous or current sexual activity. Methods: Participants were randomized to the Body Project or psychoeducational control group, and completed baseline, post-test, and 6-month follow-up measures assessing body image concerns, eating behaviors, and sexual behaviors and attitudes. Results: An intervention manipulation check demonstrated that body image variables were in expected directions, though were not significant by group. There was a significant interaction across group and time for “unanticipated sexual encounters,” which decreased in the Body Project group. Conclusions: This pilot study supports the feasibility of using an eating disorder prevention program to reduce other risky behaviors, specifically risky sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-830
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Body Project
  • Body image
  • eating disorder prevention
  • sexual behavior
  • sexual health


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