Five-factor personality correlates of perceptions of women's body sizes

Swami, Viren and Buchanan, Tom and Furnham, Adrian and Tovee, Martin J. (2008) Five-factor personality correlates of perceptions of women's body sizes. Personality and individual differences, 45 (7). pp. 697-699. ISSN 0191-8869

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2008.07.007

Abstract

This study examined the association between observers’ personalities and body size perceptions. In total, 1119 participants from an international sample completed a five-factor personality inventory and the female Photographic Figure Rating Scale (PFRS). Results showed that Openness to Experience was correlated with the idealisation of a heavier body size among women, as well as the perception of a wider range of body sizes as attractive among both women and men. In addition, Agreeableness was associated with the perception of a wider range of body sizes as attractive among men. Personality factors explained only a small proportion of the variance in body size perceptions, although present results were consistent with a previous proposal on the role played by observers' personalities in attractiveness judgements.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008 11:19
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2009 14:51
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/5526

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