Resources for Self-Esteem, Body-Image,
and Social Shyness
Self-esteem and body image are often at their lowest during teenage years. Youth can feel awkward, painfully shy, self-conscious and isolated. Shyness in particular is very common in children, teens, and adults. In fact, more than 40% of teens and adults in America consider themselves shy. All people feel shy at some time in their lives, but being shy most of the time can cause difficulties with day-to-day activities and relationships.
Although people may feel shy or self-conscious, many teenagers in particular are able to sustain healthier self-images with the support of friends and family. This page provides resources to help you and your child maintain a positive perspective. It also includes many resources to help you deal with problems related to self-esteem, body image (e.g. eating disorders), and social shyness.
- Body Positive: This is a Web site for parents about the dilemmas surrounding child weight issues. It includes many helpful external links on issues related to weight and body image, including eating disorders, discrimination, and bullying. The site provides online resources include Web sites, live chats, newsgroups, mailing lists, and other cool stuff.
- The Body Positive: This Web site promotes the Health at Every Size philosophy, which allows people to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity in their natural bodies. It teaches critical thinking about our culture's obsessive concern with thinness. The site focuses on creative art projects including poetry, murals, music, sculpture, and others. It includes resources such as a discussion forum, educational materials for sale, reading lists, speaking engagements, and the BodyAloud! program model.
- Building Healthy Body Esteem in a Body Toxic World: This site provides tools for preventing problems with body image, eating, fitness, and weight before they start. It also includes the model for healthy body image and a book for parents.
- FOODPLAY Productions: FOODPLAY Productions produces national award-winning live theater shows and videos for children and teenagers that deal with issues of nutrition, body image, eating disorder prevention, tobacco prevention, osteoporosis, fitness, and media literacy. The Web site gives information about shows and provides resources for kids, parents, educators, and nutritionists.
- Girls, Inc.: This organization inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. It includes many projects addressing health, physical activity, and physical safety, along with other sorts of competencies. Resources include games, quizzes, community, and stories.
- NEDIC Real Me Experience: This new interactive Web site focuses on self-esteem and body image. It explores issues through quizzes and stories.
- Painful Shyness: This brochure from the American Psychological Association addresses shyness in children and adults. It provides a description of symptoms and consequences, as well as resources so doctors, friends, and family can help.
- Shyness Research: This Web page was created by The Shyness Institute to compile all their information and research on shyness. The site includes research regarding shyness, social anxiety, and related anxiety disorders. The site also focuses on the development of The Social Fitness Model. It includes links to many different papers.
- Social Phobia: Akron's Children's Hospital's publication on teenage shyness and social anxiety. It includes descriptions of causes and behaviors, how to stop the behavior, and copping mechanisms.
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