Examination of a multi-factorial model of body-related experiences during pregnancy : the relationships among physical symptoms, sleep quality, depression, self-esteem, and negative body attitudes

Kamysheva, Ekaterina, Skouteris, Helen, Wertheim, Eleanor H., Paxton, Susan J. and Milgrom, Jeannette 2008, Examination of a multi-factorial model of body-related experiences during pregnancy : the relationships among physical symptoms, sleep quality, depression, self-esteem, and negative body attitudes, Body Image, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 152-163.

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Title Examination of a multi-factorial model of body-related experiences during pregnancy : the relationships among physical symptoms, sleep quality, depression, self-esteem, and negative body attitudes
Author(s) Kamysheva, Ekaterina
Skouteris, Helen
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Paxton, Susan J.
Milgrom, Jeannette
Journal name Body Image
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 152
End page 163
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1740-1445
Summary The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate relationships among women's body attitudes, physical symptoms, self-esteem, depression, and sleep quality during pregnancy. Pregnant women (N = 215) at 15–25 weeks gestation completed a questionnaire including four body image subscales assessing self-reported feeling fat, attractiveness, strength/fitness, and salience of weight and shape. Women reported on 29 pregnancy-related physical complaints, and completed the Beck Depression Inventory, Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. In regressions, controlling for retrospective reports of body image, more frequent and intense physical symptoms were related to viewing the self as less strong/fit, and to poorer sleep quality and more depressive symptoms. In a multi-factorial model extending previous research, paths were found from sleep quality to depressive symptoms to self-esteem; self-esteem was found to be a mediator associated with lower scores on feeling fat and salience of weight and shape, and on higher perceived attractiveness.
Language eng
Field of Research 170105 Gender Psychology
111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024811

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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