A prospective study of factors that lead to body dissatisfaction during pregnancy

Skouteris, Helen, Carr, Roxane, Wertheim, Eleanor H., Paxton, Susan J. and Duncombe, Dianne 2005, A prospective study of factors that lead to body dissatisfaction during pregnancy, Body Image, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 347-361.

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Title A prospective study of factors that lead to body dissatisfaction during pregnancy
Author(s) Skouteris, Helen
Carr, Roxane
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Paxton, Susan J.
Duncombe, Dianne
Journal name Body Image
Volume number 2
Issue number 4
Start page 347
End page 361
Total pages 15
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Summary This study examined changes in body image and predictors of body dissatisfaction during pregnancy. It was expected that higher levels of depression, social comparison tendencies, teasing, societal pressure to be thin and public self-consciousness would predict body dissatisfaction prospectively. Healthy pregnant women (n = 128) completed questionnaires on three occasions during their pregnancies reporting on a total of four time points: 3 months prior to pregnancy (retrospectively reported), in the early to mid-second trimester, the late-second/early-third trimester, and the latter part of the third trimester. For the most part women reported adapting to the changes that occurred in their body; however, women were most likely to experience higher levels of body dissatisfaction in early to mid-second trimester. Findings related to predictors of body dissatisfaction revealed that both social and psychological factors contributed to body image changes in pregnancy. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111714 Mental Health
111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024820

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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