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Fathers Struggle with Body Image Talks with Their Daughters

Body image is an issue that many people feel that they struggle with, and sometimes from a young age. Psychologists are interested in how parenting may shape a child’s self-body image and how that could lead to a positive relationship with their body. Female bodies in...

More Pleasure in Hookups with Good Body Image

On the flip side, negatively perceived body image is correlated to sexual malfunction for people engaging in hookups. “One of the things that I like about this study is that when researchers talk about sexual health and sexual function, they’re almost always talking...

Study by MU Professor Shows Racism in Skin Tones, Not Just Skin Colors

One study, conducted by an MU professor, suggests racism is extended to skin tone. Antionette Landor, assistant professor of human development and family science, recently published a study called “Skin-tone trauma: historical and contemporary influences on the health...

MU Experts Say We Must Also Acknowledge Skin Tone

As the country continues to grapple with racism, one University of Missouri professor suggests that bias related to skin tone can lead to negative health and relationships for African Americans. Antoinette Landor, assistant professor of human development and family...

4 Ways to Support People Dealing with Colorism

Antoinette Landor offers the following advice to help people heal from skin-tone trauma: Acknowledge that colorism exists through individual, institutional, and cultural encounters and that it occurs across races. Have difficult conversations about the implications of...

Colorism’s Significance

CBIRP Associate Directory Antoniette Landor discusses Colorism's Significance in the Identify a biannual publication from MU Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (Fall 2019, Issue 5)

Why You Need to Talk About Sex With Your Partner

CBIRP's Directors Antoniette Landor and Virginia Ramseyer Winter contribute to the conversation in this article that takes an in-depth look at relationships and communication about sexual intimacy.

Improving Body Image

Virginia Ramseyer Winter Director of CBIRP is interviewed on Top of Mind with Julie Rose.  The interview starts 1:23:50. The interview takes on how to help young girls improve their body image.

Breakfast for Teens: Can Breakfast Boost Your Teen’s Body Image

A good breakfast routine like this may actually be even more beneficial. A recent study from the University of Missouri found that family breakfasts can boost the way teens see themselves. After reviewing survey data from over 12,000 adolescents, researchers found...

Can Painting 3D Scans Improve Body Image

The research shows that images from 3D scanners can help young women focus on body appreciation, which might in turn improve mental health.  Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Director of the CBIRP  states “We wanted to see if it could provide a way to help young women shift...

Could Family Breakfast Give kids Good Body Image?

Eating breakfast as a family can help promote a positive body image for children and adolescents, a new study suggests. “We know that developing healthy behaviors in adolescence such as eating breakfast every day and eating family meals can have long-term effects into...

Why Doesn’t Sex Ed Cover Body Image?

We don't often think of body image as being directly related to our sex lives, much less our sexual health, but a growing body of research shows the two are actually intimately related. Led by Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Ph.D., MSW, Director of the University of...

MU Establishes Body Image Research Center

Improved body image for improved well-being is the purpose of the new University of Missouri Center for Body Image Research and Policy. Ginny Ramseyer Winter is the director of the center, in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. Ramseyer Winter said it’s...

Dr. Landor’s Research Featured in Stephens Life Magazine

Dr. Landor’s Research Featured in Stephens Life Magazine Dr. Landor and her research on colorism was featured in the Fall 2018 Issue of Stephens Life, an award-winning magazine by Stephens College. She was invited to the Issue Release Party last week.

Can Gen X Women Love Their Bodies?

But for the women of Generation X — those of us born between millennials and baby boomers, now in our late 30s to early 50s — the loud roar of body positivity is more like a whisper. It’s like we don’t exist.