Does body satisfaction influence self-esteem in adolescents' daily lives? An experience sampling study

Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Marita McCabe, Helen Skouteris, Ben Richardson, Kristy Nihill, Brittany Watson, Daniel Solomon

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This study examined, within the context of the Contingencies of Self-Worth model, state-based associations between self-esteem and body satisfaction using the experience sampling method. One hundred and forty-four adolescent girls (mean age = 14.28 years) completed up to 6 assessments per day for one week using Palm Digital Assistants, in addition to baseline measures of trait body satisfaction and self-esteem. Results showed considerable variation in both state-based constructs within days, and evidence of effects of body satisfaction on self-esteem, but not vice versa. Although these state-based associations were small in size and weakened as the time lag between assessments increased for the sample as a whole, individual differences in the magnitude of these effects were observed and predicted by trait self-esteem and body satisfaction. Collectively, these findings offer support for key tenets of the Contingencies of Self-Worth model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Experience sampling
  • Longitudinal
  • Self-esteem

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