Body appreciation, interest in cosmetic enhancements, and need for uniqueness among U.S. college students

Meghan Gillen, Jamie Dunaev

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to examine associations between body appreciation and putative correlates that focus on self-enhancement and self-expression. Students (N = 261; mean age = 20.16 years, SD = 3.68; 60.9% female) from a non-residential college in the northeastern United States completed a questionnaire measuring body appreciation, interest in cosmetic enhancements, and need for uniqueness. Individuals with higher body appreciation and African Americans/Blacks reported significantly higher self-attributed need for uniqueness and significantly higher investment in a distinctive appearance. The association between body appreciation and interest in cosmetic enhancements (e.g., hair coloring) was not significant. Results suggest that body appreciation may be linked to a desire to express one's own unique qualities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-143
Number of pages8
JournalBody Image
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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