Body image and self-esteem across age and gender : a short-term longitudinal study

Mellor, David, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, McCabe, Marita P. and Ricciardelli, Lina A. 2010, Body image and self-esteem across age and gender : a short-term longitudinal study, Sex roles, vol. 63, no. 9-10, pp. 672-681.

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Title Body image and self-esteem across age and gender : a short-term longitudinal study
Author(s) Mellor, David
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 63
Issue number 9-10
Start page 672
End page 681
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 0360-0025
1573-2762
Keyword(s) Body dissatisfaction
Self-esteem
Gender
Age
Longitudinal design
Summary This study examined the relationship between body image and self-esteem across time and age for men and women. Participants were 150 men and 239 women aged between 20 and 86 years (M=59.73), recruited from the general population in Australia. They completed a questionnaire assessing self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, body importance, and a range of other domains of life satisfaction at baseline and 2 years later. Cross-sectionally, we found that higher self-esteem was associated with lower body dissatisfaction, but there was no consistent relationship between these variables across time for age and
gender. Women were more dissatisfied with their bodies than men; yet, men placed greater importance on their appearance than women, and also reported high levels of body dissatisfaction.
Notes Published online: 15 July 2010.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031112

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