Muscle Dysmorphia Among College Men: An Emerging Gender-Related Counseling Concern

Authors

  • Carla M. Davey,

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    1. Center for Counseling and Student Development, University of Delaware.
      Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah.Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah, 1705 Campus Center Drive, Room 327, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9255 (e-mail: carla.davey@utah.edu).
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  • John B. Bishop

    1. Center for Counseling and Student Development, University of Delaware.
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Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah.

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah, 1705 Campus Center Drive, Room 327, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9255 (e-mail: carla.davey@utah.edu).

Abstract

Recent literature suggests that, like midrange eating disorders among college women, male muscle dysmorphia is emerging as a physical as well as a health concern among college men. The authors define the disorder, review diagnostic and etiological considerations, and discuss the added complication of creatine use to self-manage muscle dysmorphic symptoms. Implications for the college counseling practice are presented, and the need for a reliable knowledge base to guide practice is emphasized.

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