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Relation with the body and food in professional dance

Grant number: 20/12297-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2021
Effective date (End): January 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal researcher:Érika Arantes de Oliveira-Cardoso
Grantee:Iris Dechechi Batista
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


Eating disorders (EADs) typically prevail in the female population, being the age range of most patients from adolescence to young adults. We live in a social context in which the ideal of thinness is associated with having competence, success, self-control and being sexually attractive. In this cultural setting, dance often cultivates and values the lean and slender body to improve performance and body aesthetics, even though there is no scientific data to prove the need for a lean body for its practice. In this context, this study aims to understand the relationship of dance professionals with food and body image, besides verifying the presence of indicators for eating disorders. It is a qualitative and descriptive-exploratory study. The participants of the research will be dance professionals, over 18 years of age, female. It is expected a number of at least 10 and at most 12 participants. How the instruments will be used: a semi-structured interview, an Economic Classification instrument and the figure rating scale. The data will be collected individually, in a place to be combined with the participant. The audio recorded interviews will be transcribed in full and later analyzed according to the method of thematic analysis.

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