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Self-discrepancy as a mediator in the relationship between adult attachment and body dissatisfaction
Conaway, Rebecca R.

2011, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Psychology.
Past research has suggested that adult attachment is associated with body image such that a secure attachment style is related to higher body satisfaction whereas an insecure attachment style is related to lower body satisfaction. However, these findings are inconsistent in the literature. I propose that self-discrepancy, a socially oriented mechanism, may account for a motivation to behave according to others’ standards as a mediator between adult attachment and body dissatisfaction. To test this hypothesis, the present study recruited 53 dyads to answer measures regarding attachment, body dissatisfaction and self-discrepancy. Results showed that attachment style did not associate with body dissatisfaction. Furthermore, self discrepancy was not related to body dissatisfaction. However, analyses revealed a positive relationship between general actual-ideal self-discrepancy and actual-ideal body self-discrepancy. This finding suggests that when discrepancy is present in the self as a whole, there will likely also be discrepancy present in the multiple selves that comprise the general self. Due to certain methodological limitations, the generalizability of the present study’s findings may be hindered.
Janis Crowther, Dr. (Advisor)
Jeffery Ciesla, Dr. (Committee Member)
Manfred VanDulmen, Dr. (Committee Member)
Sarah Newman, Dr. (Committee Member)
52 p.

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