Women's experience of body image, self and quality of life

Rodwell, Patricia, and Caltabiano, Nerina J. (2009) Women's experience of body image, self and quality of life. In: Proceedings of the 44th Annual APS Conference, pp. 156-160. From: 44th APS Annual APS Conference , 30 September - 4 October 2009, Darwin, NT, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study, guided by social comparison theory and social identity theory, aims to combine research and broaden knowledge of differences between age groups on women's body image, self-esteem and quality of life across an extended age range. It uses a self-report questionnaire with standardised instruments and cross-sectional design. Participants were 152 women, aged 18-92 years. Significant differences were found across age groups for ratings of the ideal figure, the attractive to men figure, the thinnest acceptable figure, and the male figure shape women found attractive. A significant relationship was found for age and the sexual attraction subscale (r = -.19) of the Body Esteem scale. Women reported self-esteem stores in the moderate to high range. Women experienced their body image as having a positive impact on their quality of life. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

Item ID: 8915
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: body image; self; quality of life
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ISBN: 978-0-909881-41-2
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 00:55
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 25%
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