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Acceptance of cosmetic surgery: personality and individual difference predictors.

Swami, Viren and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Bridges, Stacey and Furnham, Adrian (2009) Acceptance of cosmetic surgery: personality and individual difference predictors. Body Image, 6 (1). pp. 7-13. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2008.09.004

Abstract

This study examined the association between several attitudinal constructs related to acceptance of cosmetic surgery, and participant demographics, personality, and individual difference variables. A sample of 332 university students completed a battery of scales comprising the Acceptance of Cosmetic Surgery Scale (ACSS) and measures of the Big Five personality factors, self-esteem, conformity, self-assessed attractiveness, and demographics. Multiple regressions showed that the predictor variables explained a large proportion of the variance in ACSS factors (Adj. R(2) ranging between .31 and .60). In addition, structural equation modelling revealed that distal factors (sex and age) were generally associated with acceptance of cosmetic surgery through the mediate influence of more proximate variables (in the first instance, the Big Five personality factors, followed by self-esteem and conformity, and finally self-assessed attractiveness). These results allow for the presentation of a preliminary model integrating personality and individual differences in predicting acceptance of cosmetic surgery.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:5630
Deposited On:18 Dec 2008 11:36
Last Modified:04 Nov 2009 15:12

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