The current study examined whether appearance investment, as well as, frequency and effect of appearance-related commentary predicted overall appearance satisfaction, body satisfaction, and eating disorder psychopathology. Appearance schemas and frequency and effect of both negative and positive shape and weight commentary were shown to be significant predictors of appearance satisfaction. Appearance schemas and effect of negative shape and weight commentary was significantly predictive of body satisfaction and eating disorder psychopathology. The study also examined differences in appearance investment levels among BMI groups, individuals who were overweight and obese had higher appearance investment than their normal weight peers. Future research should further explore the influence of appearance schemas and perceptions of appearance-related commentary on negative outcomes and identify potential areas to target in treatments for body image disturbance.
School of Behavioral Health
Arechiga, Adam L.
Boyd, Kendal C.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Body Image - Psychological aspects; Self-perception; Eating Disorders;
Subject - Local
Appearance Satisfaction; Appearance Investment; Appearance Schemas; Eating Disorder Psychopathology
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Hermé, Alyson C., "The Effects of Appearance Schemas and Commentary on Body Image and Eating Disorder Psychopathology" (2016). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 379.
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