Acceptance of cosmetic surgery among British female university students: are there ethnic differences?

Swami, Viren and Campana, Angela Nogueira Neves Betanho and Coles, Rebecca (2011) Acceptance of cosmetic surgery among British female university students: are there ethnic differences? European Psychologist, 17 (1). pp. 55-62. ISSN 1016-9040

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000049

Abstract

Although patients of cosmetic surgery are increasingly ethnically diverse, previous studies have not examined ethnic differences in attitudinal dispositions toward cosmetic surgery. In the present study, 751 British female university students from three ethnic groups (Caucasians, South Asians, and African Caribbeans) completed measures of acceptance of cosmetic surgery, body appreciation, self-esteem, and demographic variables. Initial between-group analyses showed that Caucasians had lower body appreciation and self-esteem than Asian and African Caribbean participants. Importantly, Caucasians had higher acceptance of cosmetic surgery than their ethnic minority counterparts, even after controlling for body appreciation, self-esteem, age, and body mass index. Further analyses showed that ethnicity accounted for a small proportion of the variance in acceptance of cosmetic surgery, with body appreciation and self-esteem emerging as stronger predictors. Possible reasons for ethnic differences in acceptance of cosmetic surgery are discussed in Conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 13:28
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2012 15:21
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/9901

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