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Determinants of body-image shame


Markham, AP and Thompson, T and Bowling, AC, Determinants of body-image shame, Personality and Individual Differences, 38, (7) pp. 1529-1541. ISSN 0191-8869 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2004.08.018


While research has established a critical relationship between body-image shame and eating disorder symptomatology, no studies have examined factors contributing to body-image shame. As such, the present study assessed the contributions of internalisation of the thin ideal, appearance-related teasing, physical appearance-related comparisons, global self-worth, body-image esteem, teasing history and parental care and parental overprotection. Participants were 146 female undergraduate students aged between 18 and 25. Internalisation of the thin ideal was found to indirectly predict increases in body-image shame through appearance comparisons, while negative body-image esteem indirectly predicted increased body-image shame via global self-worth. Contrary to expectations, parental bonding practices and a history of weight-related teasing do not predict vulnerability to body-image shame, directly or indirectly. Collectively, body-image esteem, global self-worth, appearance comparison and internalisation of the thin ideal account for 62% of the variance in body-image shame. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Markham, AP (Miss Anita Markham)
UTAS Author:Thompson, T (Dr Ted Thompson)
UTAS Author:Bowling, AC (Dr Alison Bowling)
ID Code:32813
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-04-08

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