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A protective factor against body image dissatisfaction

Pidgeon, A. M., & McNeil, E. (2013). Mindfulness, empowerment and feminist identity development as protective factors against women developing body image dissatisfaction. International Journal of Healing and Caring, 13(1), 1. Full text.

From the Abstract: Body image dissatisfaction among women is pervasive and associated with increased risk for maladaptive eating practices, poor self-concept, depression and psychological distress. … This study examines mindfulness, empowerment and feminist identity development as factors to protect women across the life span from developing body image dissatisfaction.

Participants were 199 women from the general population and university students ranging in age from 18 to 67 years.  The participants completed measures assessing body image dissatisfaction, mindfulness, empowerment and feminist identity development.  …  Results of the mediational analysis revealed that empowerment is a partial mediator between feminist identity development and body image dissatisfaction. 

These findings suggest that interventions designed to increase mindfulness, feminist identity development and empowerment may assist women to resist internalizing that the thin ideal of body shape is important for women and protect women from developing body image dissatisfaction. …

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