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Body self-discrepancies and women's social physique anxiety: The moderating role of the feared body.

Woodman, T. and Steer, R. (2011) Body self-discrepancies and women's social physique anxiety: The moderating role of the feared body. British Journal of Psychology, 102 (2). pp. 147-160. DOI: 10.1348/000712610X507821

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Abstract

We explored ideal, ought, and feared body image self-discrepancies as predictors of social physique anxiety within Carver, Lawrence, and Scheier's and Woodman and Hemmings' interaction frameworks. One hundred women completed actual, ideal, ought, and feared body self-discrepancy visual analogue scales, the Social Physique Anxiety Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory-II. Moderated hierarchical regression analyses indicated that the relationship between ought body fat discrepancies and social physique anxiety was moderated by proximity to the feared fat self. Specifically, the positive relationship between ought fat discrepancies and social physique anxiety was stronger when women were far from their feared body self. The results highlight the importance of considering the feared self in order to more fully understand the relationship between body image and social physique anxiety.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 17:04
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2016 03:15
ISSN: 0007-1269
Publisher's Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: 'Body self-discrepancies and women's social physique anxiety: The moderating role of the feared body' which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1348/000712610X507821. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/1948
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1348/000712610X507821
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
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