Relationship between men's and women's body image and their psychological, social, and sexual functioning

Davison, Tanya and McCabe, Marita 2005, Relationship between men's and women's body image and their psychological, social, and sexual functioning, Sex roles, vol. 52, no. 7-8, pp. 463-475.

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Title Relationship between men's and women's body image and their psychological, social, and sexual functioning
Author(s) Davison, Tanya
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 52
Issue number 7-8
Start page 463
End page 475
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-04
ISSN 0360-0025
1573-2762
Keyword(s) body image
gender differences
developmental differences
psychological functioning
social functioning
sexual functioning
Summary This study was designed to examine the relationships between different aspects of body image and psychological, social, and sexual functioning throughout adulthood. The respondents were 211 men and 226 women (age range 18–86 years; mean = 42.26). Respondents completed measures of self-rated attractiveness, body satisfaction, body image importance, body image behaviors, appearance comparison, social physique anxiety, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and social and sexual functioning. Body image was associated with self-esteem for all groups, but was unrelated to other aspects of psychological, social, and sexual functioning. There were some exceptions; a disturbance in body image was related to problematic social and sexual functioning among middle-aged men and to depression and anxiety symptoms in late adulthood among men and women. Middle-aged men who presented with the type of body image disturbance typical of women were more likely to have impaired interpersonal functioning. These results demonstrate that social aspects of body image appear to be important in understanding psychological functioning in later life.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003222

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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