Personality and individual difference correlates of positive body image

Swami, Viren, Hadji-Michael, Maria and Furnham, Adrian (2008) Personality and individual difference correlates of positive body image. Body Image, 5 (3). pp. 322-325. ISSN 1740-1445

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In the present study, 101 women and 106 men from a community sample of British adults completed the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS), along with a battery of individual difference measures and demographics. Contrary to previous findings, there were no sex differences in BAS scores, either before or after controlling for individual differences in other measures. The results also showed that, moderating for participants’ sex, self-assessed attractiveness, educational qualifications, neuroticism, extraversion, and BMI were all significant predictors of body appreciation. In addition, higher media consumption and higher (male-stereotypic) instrumentality were associated with, but did not predict, higher body appreciation. These results are discussed in relation to the extant work on body image.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008 11:40
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2009 12:28

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