Accounting for fluctuations in body dissatisfaction

Lauren A. Colautti, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Helen Skouteris, Marita McCabe, Stephen Blackburn, Elise Wyett

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The present study evaluated whether the strength of relationship between contextual cues (presence of company and mood) and state body dissatisfaction varied as a function of individual differences in key trait measures (body shame, body surveillance tendencies, internalization of appearance standards, and trait affect) which have been linked to trait body dissatisfaction. Fifty-five undergraduate women completed a questionnaire containing the trait-based measures and then carried a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) for a 7-day period. The PDA prompted participants six times daily to self-report their current mood and state body dissatisfaction. Multi-level modeling revealed that individual differences in body shame predicted inter-individual variability in the strength of the relationships between presence of company and state body dissatisfaction, and positive mood and state body dissatisfaction. Trait positive affect also explained variance in the positive mood state-body dissatisfaction relationship. The implications of the findings for prevention of body image disturbances are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-321
Number of pages7
JournalBody Image
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Context
  • Experience sampling method
  • Mood states
  • State body image

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