Exploring the utility of emotional awareness and negative affect in predicting body satisfaction and body distortion

Eishita Manjrekar, Howard Berenbaum

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Abstract

In a sample of 304 female college students, the present study examined how body image is associated with (a) clarity of emotion; (b) attention to emotion; and (c) negative affect. Two separate facets of body image were examined: body satisfaction and body distortion. Greater clarity of emotion was associated with greater body satisfaction and less body distortion, and these associations could not be accounted for by negative affect. Body satisfaction was significantly predicted by the three-way interaction of clarity of emotion, attention to emotion, and negative affect. Attention to emotion moderated the association between clarity of emotion and body satisfaction only among high negative affect individuals. Specifically, greater clarity of emotion was associated with greater body satisfaction in all participants except those who were high in both negative affect and attention to emotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalBody Image
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

Keywords

  • Attention to emotions
  • Body distortion
  • Body image
  • Body satisfaction
  • Clarity of emotions
  • Emotional awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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