The relationship between stress and body satisfaction in female and male adolescents

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2015-02

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Murray, Kristen
Rieger, Elizabeth
Byrne, Don

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Wiley

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This study investigated the relationship between stress and body satisfaction in adolescence. A sample consisting of 515 adolescents aged 12-16 years completed a series of self-report questionnaires assessing general and specific aspects of adolescent stress, body satisfaction and the psychological constructs of self-esteem, depressive symptoms and body importance. Results revealed a significant association between higher body dissatisfaction and higher ratings of peer stress, lower self-esteem and greater body importance for female and male adolescents. These findings suggest that adolescent stress relates to satisfaction with the body and that this stress is specifically focused on the peer environment for both genders during adolescence. This may have implications for intervention programmes aimed at improving body satisfaction, suggesting that the inclusion of stress management training in these programmes could specifically focus on difficulties within the peer domain. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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adolescence, body image, self-esteem, stress appraisal

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Stress and Health

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Journal article

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10.1002/smi.2516

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