Title

Body Image, Social Comparison, and Eating Disturbance: A Covariance Structure Modeling Investigation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1999

Keywords

body image, teasing, eating disturbance, social comparison, covariance structure modeling

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199907)26:1<43::AID-EAT6>3.0.CO;2-R

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the role of appearance‐based social comparison processes as a possible mediational link between developmental factors (negative social feedback, i.e., teasing about appearance; biological status, i.e.,early physical maturation) and levels of body dissatisfaction, eating disturbance, and global psychological functioning.

Method: In this study of 173 female undergraduates, covariance structure modeling (CSM) was used to examine direct and mediational relationships among these variables.

Results: Appearance‐based social comparison mediated the effect of appearance‐related teasing on body image and eating disturbance; body image mediated the effect of teasing on eating disturbance; eating disturbance had a direct effect on overall psychological functioning.

Discussion: Implications for devising and testing other theoretical models are discussed.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

International Journal of Eating Disorders, v. 26, issue 1, p. 43-51

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