Relationship between body image and social and sexual functioning: gender and development trends

Davison, Tanya and McCabe, Marita 2003, Relationship between body image and social and sexual functioning: gender and development trends, in Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 15-16th November, 2003, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 27-32.

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Title Relationship between body image and social and sexual functioning: gender and development trends
Author(s) Davison, Tanya
McCabe, Marita
Conference name Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference (3rd : 2003 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 15 - 16 November 2003
Title of proceedings Relationships : family, work and community : proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 15-16th November, 2003
Editor(s) Moore, Kathleen A.
Publication date 2003
Start page 27
End page 32
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) quality of life -- congresses
interpersonal relations -- congresses
contentment -- congresses
Summary The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between body image and social and sexual functioning. The respondents were 426 men and women from metropolitan and rural Victoria, who ranged in age from 18 to 86 years (mean age = 42.26). Respondents completed measures of attractiveness, body satisfaction, body image importance, body image behaviours, appearance comparison, social physique anxiety, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and social and sexual functioning. Regression analyses were used to detelmine the prediction of social and sexual functioning by body image variables for men and women of different age groups, beyond the effects of psychological adjustment. The results demonstrated that while there were moderate correlations between body image and sociallsexual functioning variables, many of these relationships were best explained by the shared variance of self-esteem. There were some exceptions, particularly among middle-aged men, which are discussed.
ISBN 0909881243
9780909881245
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Psychological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005188

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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