Odette Norton's Thesis Presentation

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Odette Norton's Thesis Presentation

We invite you to attend the Thesis Presentation of Odette Norton, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Psychosocial and body image correlates and outcomes of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in middle-aged and older women: The mediating role of cognitive processes.

Presenter: Odette Norton 

When: Thursday 26 July from 1–2pm

Where: Building E, E1.03

Abstract: The demand for cosmetic medical procedures has soared in recent decades. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS; 2018), 17.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States alone in 2017. Demand is also held to have grown substantially within Australia, based on industry estimates of annual expenditure on cosmetic procedures amounting to A$1billion (Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, 2017). A key feature of this trend is that demand is shaped by gender, age, and procedure type. Of all cosmetic procedures in the US in 2017 (ASPS, 2018), 92% were performed on females, with use highest among middle-aged (40 to 54 years), followed by older women (55 years and over). Notably, the most popular procedures in these demographics were non-surgical procedures designed to modify the signs of facial ageing (ASPS, 2018). However, little is known about the body image of women in these demographics with regard to facial ageing, or the psychological factors associated with their use of these procedures. It is also unknown whether biased attention to ageing related appearance information is associated with heightened interest in cosmetic procedures. The aim of this research was therefore to address this gap in the literature. Using a mixed methods approach, this research focused firstly on characterising women who use non-surgical cosmetic procedures, with regard to a range of psychological factors. Differences in psychological characteristics between women who do and do not use these procedures were also investigated. This research also examined whether biased attentional processing of ageing related information was a unique characteristic of women who use non-surgical cosmetic procedures, when compared to non-users. It is anticipated that findings of this research will contribute to the literature on women’s body image and ageing, and will extend upon research into the associations between information processing and body image.

Bio: Odette Norton is a current PhD candidate. A former music teacher and graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Odette returned to tertiary studies in 2008, completing an undergraduate degree in psychology at USC in 2012. She has since been a sessional staff member in the undergraduate psychology program at USC. Odette’s current research interests include women’s body image, mental wellbeing and ageing, and the role of information processing.

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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