The BiPS Body and Emotions Project is a longitudinal study currently being conducted by Isabella Muscolino in the School of Applied Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Samantha Dockray.
The study aims to examine how pubertal changes, mediated by hormones, in combination with processes of psychosocial development, emotion regulation and experience, influence body dissatisfaction and individual’s behaviour.

We are asking 90 boys and girls (aged 10-13 years) to participate to the BiPS Study.

It takes about 45 – 60 minutes for the child/teen to do the measures.  The measures are questionnaires on a tablet/computer, measures of height, weight and about half a teaspoon of saliva.    

If your child is meeting the inclusion criteria and if you wish your child to participate in the study, please complete the following online form with your details and you will be contacted shortly:

BIPS STUDY FORM

*Some of the participants may be selected to take part, along with the parent/guardian, to an interview about the child/parent relationship, emotions and feeling toward the body.

The study will use a cross-sequential design following 90 children and adolescents (45 males) aged 11 to 13. Each person will provide measures of psychosocial as well as bodily development at three time points (6 month intervals), over an 12 month period. The multiple measures provide a rich dataset for examination and testing body dis-satisfaction as an outcome of the interaction of the biological, psychological and social context.

The study adopts a mixed methods approach, and interviews with the adolescent-parent dyad will be completed in addition to standard psychometric measures. The project examines the direct effects of hormonal change on thoughts and behaviours and how this is related to emotion regulation and body dissatisfaction, as well as social effects, including the peer context and the cultural representations of the body ideal. The project draws upon the diatheses stress model of adolescent vulnerability to examine the biospychosocial dimensions of body dissatisfaction in adolescence.

How to participate to the study?

We are asking 90 boys and girls (aged 10-13 years) to participate to the BiPS Study.

It takes about 45 – 60 minutes for the child/teen to do the measures.  The measures are questionnaires on a tablet/computer, measures of height, weight and about half a teaspoon of saliva.   

If your child is meeting the inclusion criteria and if you wish your child to participate in the study, please complete the following online form with your details and you will be contacted shortly:

BIPS STUDY FORM

*Some of the participants may be selected to take part, along with the parent/guardian, to an interview about the child/parent relationship, emotions and feeling toward the body.