Determinants of body-image shame

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Markham, AP, Thompson, T & Bowling, AC 2005, ‘Determinants of body-image shame’, Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 38, no. 7. pp. 1529-1541.

Publisher version available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2004.08.018

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While research has established a critical relationship between body-image shame and eating disorder symptomatology, no studies have examined factors contributing to body-image shame. As such, the present study assessed the contributions of internalisation of the thin ideal, appearance-related teasing, physical appearance-related comparisons, global self-worth, body-image esteem, teasing history and parental care and parental overprotection. Participants were 146 female undergraduate students aged between 18 and 25.