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ERIC Number: EJ846987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Parental Bonds, Anxious Attachment, Media Internalization, and Body Image Dissatisfaction: Exploring a Mediation Model
Cheng, Hsiu-Lan; Mallinckrodt, Brent
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v56 n3 p365-375 2009
The first purpose of this study was to investigate direct links between body image dissatisfaction (BID) in college women and their memories of either parent as cold and emotionally aloof. Theory, clinical case evidence, and a small (but growing) number of studies support these links. After estimating the strength of the associations between parental "care" and BID, the second goal of this study was to investigate a 2-stage model in which adult attachment anxiety and internalization of media images each serve as mediators of this relationship. Thus, in a sample of 224 college women, the authors tested a causal chain with 3 links and 4 sets of variables. Results suggested that both mother and father care were negatively associated with attachment anxiety; attachment anxiety was positively associated with internalization of media influence; and media influence was positively associated with BID. Most important, the authors found that the significant negative associations between mother and father care and BID were mediated by both attachment anxiety and media internalization. The data supported a 2-stage mediation model of hypothesized links of BID etiology. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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