Dissertation - Public Access
Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology
The purpose of this study was to understand women’s experiences of cosmetic surgery and its effects on body image on women from the Colombian cities of Bogotá and Pereira. The participants of this study were women of Colombian descent, who reside in Colombia. This was done with the hopes of better understanding how culture impacts views on cosmetic surgery. Colombia appears to have a culture that is very enmeshed with cosmetic surgery. This study provides an initial exploratory and qualitative investigation into the perception of body image as it relates to cosmetic surgery among six young women living in Colombia; this qualitative study hoped to provide rich accounts using interviews that allowed for more open answers from participants. Culture influences women to consider cosmetic surgery in similar but different ways. Beauty can have its advantages in society and can be used as a tool for economic advancement and access to other benefits. The idea of beauty and what is beautiful can differ in some ways, and with it, the cosmetic surgery procedures that are requested. What is considered beautiful and attractive in Colombia was discussed with the participants of this study.
Gonzalez-Randolph, Austin, "Colombian Women’s Experiences of Cosmetic Surgery and its Relationship to Body Image" (2021). Dissertations. 576.
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