A re-examination of the benefits of exercise for state body satisfaction: Considerationof individual difference factors

Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matt, Skouteris, Helen and McCabe, Marita 2013, A re-examination of the benefits of exercise for state body satisfaction: Considerationof individual difference factors, Journal of sports sciences, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 706-713.

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Title A re-examination of the benefits of exercise for state body satisfaction: Considerationof individual difference factors
Author(s) Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matt
Skouteris, Helen
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of sports sciences
Volume number 31
Issue number 7
Start page 706
End page 713
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0264-0414
1466-447X
Keyword(s) exercise
body satisfaction
experience sampling method
Summary Although the link between exercise and body image is well documented, the considerable inter-individual variability in this relationship has been largely ignored. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to test the contributions of key body image and exercise-related moderators (age, body mass index (BMI), exercise frequency, trait body dissatisfaction, internalisation of appearance standards, and body surveillance tendencies) in predicting variability in the exercise-body satisfaction relationship. Thirty-seven undergraduate women completed a questionnaire containing the above trait-based measures and then carried a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) for a 7-day period. Participants were instructed to use the PDA to self-report their state body satisfaction immediately following an exercise session and also when the PDA signalled at each of six random intervals throughout the day. Multilevel modelling revealed a bi-directional relationship between exercise and state body satisfaction. Moreover, post-exercise increases in state body satisfaction were strongest for individuals who were younger and engaged in regular exercise, and weakest for individuals with high BMI and/or the tendency to compare their appearance with others. These findings highlight potential limits on the efficacy of exercise-based therapy for body image disturbances.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050413

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