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Body image and personality: associations between the big five personality factors, actual-ideal weight discrepancy, and body appreciation

Swami, Viren and Tran, Ulrich S. and Hoffmann Brooks, Louise and Kanaan, Laura and Luesse, Ellen-Marlene and Nader, Ingo W. and Pietschnig, Jakob and Stieger, Stefan and Voracek, Martin (2013) Body image and personality: associations between the big five personality factors, actual-ideal weight discrepancy, and body appreciation. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54 (2). pp. 146-151. ISSN 0036-5564

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12014

Abstract

Studies have suggested associations between personality dimensions and body image constructs, but these have not been conclusively established. In two studies, we examined direct associations between the Big Five dimensions and two body image constructs, actual-ideal weight discrepancy and body appreciation. In Study 1, 950 women completed measures of both body image constructs and a brief measure of the Big Five dimensions. In Study 2, 339 women completed measures of the body image constructs and a more reliable measure of the Big Five. Both studies showed that Neuroticism was significantly associated with actual-ideal weight discrepancy (positively) and body appreciation (negatively) once the effects of body mass index and social status had been accounted for. These results are consistent with the suggestion that Neuroticism is a trait of public health significance requiring attention by body image scholars.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:11411
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 14:17
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