Women's perceived body image: Relations with personal happiness
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Women Aging
body image; aging; happiness; subjective well-being; GENDER DIFFERENCES; SELF-ESTEEM; EATING ATTITUDES; SEX-DIFFERENCES; DISSATISFACTION; SATISFACTION; SCALE; AGE; Gerontology; Women's Studies
The present study examined the relationships between body image and happiness in adult women. One hundred and forty-four women, with an average age of 40 years, were surveyed. Within the sample, three age groups were established: college-aged women, middle-aged women, and older women. Each participant completed the Body Esteem Scale (Franzoi & Shields, 1984), the Eating Attitudes Test (Garner & Garfinkel, 1979), and the Life Satisfaction Index A (Neugarten, Havighurst, & Tobin, 1961). Results indicated that happiness significantly and positively correlated with the three components of body esteem: sexual attractiveness, weight concern, and physical condition. There were no significant differences among the types of body satisfaction expressed by women of different ages. The results are discussed in terms of the importance of recognizing body image as a major contributor to overall life happiness in women.
Journal of Women & Aging
"Women's perceived body image: Relations with personal happiness" (2003). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 4049.