Contents of the CD ROM Onaantrekkelijk / Unattractive  

Contents of the CD ROM Onaantrekkelijk / Unattractive (all the information, teaching packages and games are in Dutch language on the CD-ROM)

The enclosed CD ROM of the book is an off line website that can be read with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. All texts, assignments, exercises, models, stories and illustrations have been put in Acrobat Reader pdf-format: all materials can be printed. The Acrobat Reader free installation version is included on the CD ROM. The original study materials can be opened in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. For the song "Lelijk / Ugly" an MP3-player will be needed (freely available on the Internet: RealPlayer, Winamp, Windows Mediaplayer, ...). The CD ROM automatically opens on your Internet browser when you put the CD in the drive. If this is not the case, click on the "index.html" file. The menus will then lead you through the site.

Part 1: additional research information on themes from the book: "Voor wie meer wil weten / For those who want to know more".

Whereas the book is rather general, the keen reader will find a number of in-depth topics illustrated with authentic research materials.Spoba game

Chapter 1: The powerful influence of attractiveness
-Being good and beautiful while doing sports
-Female politicians about being a babe
-Prejudices at school and during education
-Universal human rights in relation with attractiveness

Chapter 2: Choosing a partner and attractiveness
-Factors that can play a part when forming a relationship
-The contribution of physical attractiveness at the beginning of an intimate relationship
-The idea of being slim in the lonely hearts columns
-Disadvantages of attractiveness when forming a relationship
-Research in Flanders and the Netherlands on physical attractiveness and marital dissatisfaction
-Different criteria for "looks" between men and women: backgrounds

Chapter 3: What is beauty and physical attractiveness
-Blondes: where do the clichés come from?
-Glasses or contact lenses?
-Dominance of faces
-What is physically attractive with the other?
-A newer perspective on beauty
-Beauty in the Islam
Story 'The mirror'
-Beauty in the Bible (Jewish-Christian perception)
-Beauty in ancient times
-Sayings, phrases and quotes in connection with looks, attractiveness and female charm
-Shifts in the beauty ideal

Chapter 4: Influence on the personality
-Attractiveness, attitudes and fantasies
-Unattractiveness in relation with suicide and depression
-Typecasting on the basis of looks throughout history

Chapter 5: How can we understand the importance of physical attractiveness?

Chapter 6: Influence of advertising and the media
-Research data concerning the strong influence of the media
-Reactions against the beauty ideal in Flanders
-How does advertising use attractiveness?
Authentic comic strip "Ik ben lelijk / I am ugly" by Peter Olaerts (20 pages) Click here for the whole strip

Chapter 7: Body images
-Calculating the BMI
-Body Image Selftest
-The objectified "body consciousness" scale
-Test on the importance of attractiveness
-Culture and body images in relation with obesity
-The Adonis complex
-Body-attitude survey of Baardman
-Research into body images in Flanders and elsewhere
-Phases of sexual development in relation with body image

Chapter 8: Stigmatisation due to a deviant appearance
-Acne
-Burns
-Constitutional eczema
-Dystonia
-Goldenhar Syndrome
-Moebius Syndrome
-Noonan syndrome
-Spina Bifida
-Treacher Collins Syndrome
-Association for congenital facial defects (Flanders)
-Vitigilo
-Birthmarks, haemangiomas and the Sturge-Weber Syndrome
-Living as a college student with spina bifida: statement by Valentijn
Story : Jonathan and Marijke are different (with separate illustrations by Michaël Van Eeghem

Chapter 9: Psychological symptoms related to appearance
-Additional information on eating disorders (for instance treatment, causes and referral addresses)
-An anonymous evidence of a person with BDD on the forum
-Interview with Patrick, he is diagnosed with BDD
-Various tests to measure the Adonis Complex
-Checklist for eating disorders
-Survey to measure obsession by appearance
-Checklist for muscle dysmorphia with men
-Diagnostic criteria for body-oriented psychological disorders from DSM IV
-My Life: statement by Stéphanie, anorexia patient, who, with her story, wants to hearten other youngsters who are having a bad time

Chapter 10: Is fiddling with your appearance ethically justified?
-Hands off my body: an ethical reflection concerning beauty operations

Bibliography in detail

Part 2: research reports

Complete research report with all tables, diagrams and interpretations of the image research with 3387 Flemish and Dutch people with the original survey.

Complete research report with all tables, diagrams and interpretations of the image research with 79 social / welfare workers active in 13 youth assistance institutions (special youth assistance and child psychiatry) with the original survey.

Complete research report with all tables, diagrams and interpretations of the image research with 92 youngsters who stay in 13 youth assistance institutions (special youth assistance and child psychiatry) with the original survey.
Original questionnaire.
No perfect body: game on appearance, attractiveness and feelings based on the goose board principle with printable board, cue-cards and a didactic index card

Part 3: Tools on unattractiveness

Materials to work with toddlers and young children
-Children's collection of poems with about ten nice and new poems on being beautiful, attractive and bullying (illustrations by Kathleen Ombelets)
-Story: Jonathan en Marijke zijn anders / Jonathan and Marijke are different (with separate illustrations by Michaël Van Eeghem)
-Story: De toverspiegel / The magic mirror
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on appearance and bullying on the basis of the story of Jonathan and Marijke
-Story: "Het lelijke eendje / The ugly duckling" in contemporary design
-Teaching package on self-confidence and appearance
-Teaching package on self-concept (Flemish Institution for Health Promotion) for children from the toddler age-group till the age of 12

Materials to work with older youngsters
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on anorexia and the beauty ideal
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on the beauty ideal in the media and in advertising
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on the question: are breast enlargements ethically justified?
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on stigmatisation of the appearance
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on appearance and religion
-Teaching package with didactic index card and sketches on "Satisfied with your body".
Children's collection of poems with about ten nice and new poems on being beautiful, attractive and bullying (illustrations by Kathleen Ombelets

Various materials for all ages
-Authentic comic strip "Ik ben lelijk / I am ugly" by Peter Olaerts (20 pages)
-Extended children's book list on being fat, being different, appearance, unattractiveness and being bullied
-Lyrics on attractiveness + (carnival) song "Lelijk / Ugly" from the band Sterk Water in MP3-format
-Spoba: a party game on appearance, attractiveness and feelings thereabout: board game, cue-cards and didactic index card
-Happy families "attractiveness" and happy families "Bullying" with printable happy families cards and didactic index card
-No perfect body: game on appearance, attractiveness and feelings based on the goose board principle with printable board, cue-cards and a didactic index card
-Taboe / Taboo: linguistic game where certain words on sexuality, friendship, relationships... can not be used; with printable cue-cards
-Partner choice game: version with just married couples and with couples that celebrate their 50th anniversary. Which persons belong to each other?

Games and exercises to work on appearance and unattractiveness in teams (school, youth movement, institution...)
-Black Box
-Collage
-Charades
-Pictionary
-Bodily Expression
-Exploration of feeling and space
-Which way do I want to go
-Wild contact body
-Word association
-Beauty ideals and role patterns

Working on your own body image (teenagers and adults): this information can be studied independently, but it can also be used by Partner choice game: version with just married couples and with couples that celebrate their 50th anniversary. Which persons belong to each other?social and welfare workers

-Working on your self-concept: self tests, backgrounds, assignments to work individually on a more positive body image in 7 steps
-50 ways to come to a more positive body image: 50 useful tips!

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