Male and female body image and dieting in the context of intimate relationships

Boyes, Alice D, Fletcher, Garth J O and Latner, Janet D (2007) Male and female body image and dieting in the context of intimate relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 21 (4). pp. 764-768. ISSN 0893-3200

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Abstract

The influence of family and peers on dieting and body image is well known, but, despite the centrality of romantic partnerships in the lives of adults, little research has investigated dieting and body image in the context of intimate relationships. This study investigated unhealthy dieting (e.g., skipping meals, vomiting), healthy dieting (e.g., reducing calories, reducing or eliminating snacks), and body satisfaction in intimate relationships in 57 predominantly unmarried couples, who were recruited in a college setting. The within-participant findings replicated prior research showing that women with higher self-esteem and lower depressive symptoms were more satisfied with their own bodies and dieted less. Controlling for body mass index and the relevant self-perceptions of each partner, the across-partner associations showed that men who had more depressive symptoms and were less satisfied with their relationships had female partners who dieted more and were less satisfied with their bodies. In contrast, men dieted more when their female partners had higher self-esteem and fewer depressive symptoms. These results suggest that psychological processes in intimate relationships are linked with dieting and body satisfaction but that these links are different for men and for women. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)(journal abstract)

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First author
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2013 14:32
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2013 14:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13573
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