Appearance Concerns after COVID 19

Abstract

This study explores what people concern for their appearances after Covid-19. Covid-19 has spread around the world and impacted people's living habits since 2009. Most studies regarding this pandemic are limited about medical or economic issues. While a few reports state some mental health issues such as stress disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder due to the several unprecedented changes in daily living, this study will discuss the topic is which parts of appearance people are concerned with after Covid-19. Though BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) starts to be discussed during the pandemic, in this paper it not only focuses on BBD but also discusses about appearances concerns when there is no need for epidemic prevention. In this study, I use focused group interviews and individual in-depth interviews to gather the diverse information. According to Mary Ellen & Joanne B. Eicher Roach‘s research in 1973, dress of an individual person is an assemblage of modifications and supplements to each body. After analyzing, the result indicated that most respondents are more concerned about the modifications than the other especially when it comes to body shapes. Furthermore, the result also could carry body image and self-concept, which could be useful for the researches of body image on mental health in the future.



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Hsiu-Ju Yang, Chinese Cultural University, Taiwan

Paper Information
Conference: MediAsia2022
Stream: Visual Communication

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