The Pride Body Project

The Pride Body Project

The purpose of this study is to better investigate the efficacy of the PRIDE Body Project in respect to preventing eating disorders in sexual minority men. In this randomized controlled trial, participants will be enrolled in one of two arms: 1) the PRIDE Body Project intervention or 2) Media Advocacy, a time and attention-matched intervention. This study will recruit participants who are between the ages of 18 and 35, identify as men, are gay, bisexual, or experience sexual attraction to men, and who express body image concerns for the San Diego area.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Pride Body Project

PBP is a 2-session eating disorder prevention program. Each session is 2 hours, and separated by a week. Groups have 4 to 7 participants and are led by a peer and a clinician. This program allows a forum for young men to critique the appearance ideal. These exercises should induce cognitive dissonance, which subsequently lead to a reduction of internalization of the ideal. In session 1, participants: (1) define the "ideal" body type in the gay community, (2) discuss its origin and perpetration, more on

Behavioral - Media Advocacy

We will use a media advocacy (MA) intervention as an active, time- and attention-matched control. MA is a 2 session, group-based program with co-leaders (1 peer and 1 clinician). The MA content centers on acknowledging and discussing the role the media has on shaping body image ideals. In session 1, there is a discussion on describing the ideal body in the gay community and how the media impacts this ideal. Following this, participants will watch a video on how the media influences body image am more on

A Brief, Peer Co-led, Group-based Eating Disorder Prevention Program for Sexual Minority Young Adult Men