This article that appeared in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that more participation in naturist activities predicted greater life satisfaction—a relationship that was mediated by more positive body image, and higher self-esteem (Study 1). Applying these findings, it was found that participation in actual naturist activities led to an increase in life satisfaction, an effect that was also mediated by improvements in body image and self-esteem (Studies 2 and 3). The potential benefits of naturism are discussed, as well as possible future research, and implications for the use of naturist activities. Link to full article.
This article looks at the subculture of nudism. It discusses its origins, the views of American society, efforts from resorts to attract younger members and millenniums reluctance to be labeled nudists. It also discussed its relationship and common goals with feminism and how it minimizes social class differences.
This article discusses different views regarding the effect of parental nudity and its impact on kids. It includes the opinion of a therapist as well as several mothers form different groups in the USA and France. It also references an eighteen year study published by UCLA in 1998 on the subject which concludes that children that are accustomed to family nudity tended to be more comfortable with physical affection and contact and have a positive attitude toward sexuality and body acceptance.
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