Does Self Esteem Moderate the Relation between Gender and Weight Preoccupation in Undergraduates?
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Previous research has established gender differences in self esteem as well as weight preoccupation. In addition self esteem is known to relate to weight preoccupation. However, no studies have examined whether self esteem moderates the relation between gender and weight preoccupation. Five hundred sixty seven undergraduates completed surveys assessing self esteem and weight preoccupation. Results showed significant gender differences in self esteem and weight preoccupation. In addition, the interaction between self esteem and gender had a small but significant effect on weight preoccupation. Counselors should be aware of this when designing programs to treat weight preoccupation in conjunction with low self esteem, especially for women.
Mary E. Pritchard. "Does Self Esteem Moderate the Relation between Gender and Weight Preoccupation in Undergraduates?" Personality and Individual Differences 48.2 (2010): 224-227.
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