Investigating the role of dispositional mindfulness as a protective factor for body image dissatisfaction among women

Aileen M. Pidgeon, Lisa Appleby

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Abstract

Body image dissatisfaction, which is increasing as an issue for women, can diminish quality of life
with negative psychological consequences. The relationship between internalizing the thin body ideal
and the development of body image dissatisfaction has been studied in psychology. The thin body ideal
is aspiring to a perfect female body that is very thin, presented as the ideal in the media. Research has
focused on investigating strategies that women use to resist internalizing a thin-ideal body and prevent
developing body dissatisfaction. The present study investigated the protective benefits of dispositional
mindfulness against developing body image dissatisfaction in a sample of 186 women aged between 18
to 64 years (M = 29). The results suggest that compared to women with low levels of dispositional
mindfulness, women with high levels of dispositional mindfulness report significantly less body image
dissatisfaction and preoccupation with weight, lower levels of shame, psychological distress and
higher levels of self-esteem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-103
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Research in Psychology
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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