Associations between body dissatisfaction, importance of appearance, and aging anxiety with depression, and appearance-related behaviors in women in mid-life

Carrard, Isabelle (Geneva School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Argyrides, Marios (Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus) ; Ioannou, Xaris (Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus) ; Kvalem, Ingela Lundin (University of Oslo, Norway) ; Waldherr, Karin (FernFH Distance-Learning University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria) ; Harcourt, Diana (University of the West of England, Bristol, England) ; McArdle, Siobhan (Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)

The impacts of body dissatisfaction have been widely studied among adolescent girls, but much less in women in mid-life. In this study, we evaluated the associations between body dissatisfaction, psychological health and behaviors used to manage age-related changes, in an online survey of 331 women aged 45–65. Body dissatisfaction, importance of appearance and aging anxiety were associated with higher depression scores. Moreover, importance of appearance and aging anxiety were associated with the probability of using “anti-aging” behaviors. It seems that with age, for a subgroup of women, the pressure to stay young may be added to that of staying thin.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
School:
HEdS - Genève
Institute:
Aucun institut
Date:
2019-10
Pagination:
15 p.
Published in:
Journal of Women & Aging
Numeration (vol. no.):
2019
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ISSN:
0895-2841
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