Body appreciation, anxiety, and depression among a racially diverse sample of women

Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Meghan M. Gillen, Laura Cahill, Aubrey Jones, Michaella Ward

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Abstract

This study aims to explore correlates between body appreciation and mental health among a racially and ethnically diverse sample of adult women using validated measures. The sample included racially and ethnically diverse women (N = 497) from various socioeconomic levels. Linear regression results indicated that body appreciation was significantly and inversely associated with depression (b = −3.68; p < 0.001). In this sample, as body appreciation increased, depression scores decreased. Similarly, body appreciation was significantly and inversely associated with anxiety among this sample (b = −1.78; p < 0.001). This article concludes with a discussion of findings and implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1517-1525
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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