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Male muscularity self-perception and obsession: causes and health consequences

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    Dr Tod
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

The focus of the proposed PhD is to examine issues associated with male muscularity-related body image. The PhD will add to the vibrant research programme in the psychology and development area in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University.
The PhD will add to existing research by exploring the causes and consequences of male muscle-related body image. Current directions that the proposed PhD could explore include (but are not limited to): personal characteristics and social variables contributing to muscle obsession (e.g., basic human needs, interpersonal interactions, cultural practices), relationships with health-related behaviour (e.g., drug use, excessive exercise, restrictive diets), and associated social dysfunction.

Research in the programme has recently focused on the use of multiple methods, both qualitative and quantitative, and it is anticipated the proposed PhD will extend this work using existing networks and adopting a contextual focus to understand males within their social environment. The research programme is headed by Dr David Tod who is a recognised researcher in the area.

The successful candidate will be based in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Sport and Exercise Science was ranked 2nd highest in the UK for research in sport and exercise sciences and the 11th best academic department (of any department) in the country at the recent UK government research assessment exercise. 97% of the research was rated as world or internationally leading. The Institute received top marks for the impact of its research in the community and for creating an environment in which young researchers and PhD students could develop their skills and make contacts to establish their careers. The successful candidate will be aligned with one of the School’s Psychology and Development Research Group, which represents a key area of research in the School.
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