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

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posted on 01.11.2010, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, Matthew Fuller-TyszkiewiczMatthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli
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.

History

Journal

Sex roles

Volume

63

Issue

9-10

Pagination

672 - 681

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0360-0025

eISSN

1573-2762

Language

eng

Notes

Published online: 15 July 2010.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Springer