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

Caltabiano, N.J., and Rodwell, P. (2009) Women's experience of body image, self and quality of life. In: Combined Abstracts of 2009 Australian Psychology Conferences. p. 77. From: 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 30 September - 4 October 2009 , Darwin, NT, Australia.

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This study used a self-report questionnaire and cross-sectional design to investigate differences, across the life span, in body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, and perceptions of quality of life. 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 sexual attraction. Women experienced their body image as having a positive effect on their quality of life. Results showed women with lower body esteem had lower self-esteem, and their feelings about their appearance had a more negative effect on their quality of life. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

Item ID: 28609
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-0-909881-40-5
Keywords: body image, women's experiences of body image, quality of life, self
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FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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