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Body Image. 2011 Jun;8(3):224-31. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.04.001. Epub 2011 May 20.

Emotion regulation moderates relationships between body image concerns and psychological symptomatology.

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Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia. Libby.Hughes@rch.org.au

Abstract

The study investigated the moderating role of emotion regulation (ER) in relationships between body image concerns and psychological symptomatology. A community sample of 533 boys and girls (11-20 years) completed measures assessing body image thoughts and feelings, domain-specific and general ER strategies, drive for thinness, and bulimic, depressive and anxiety symptoms. Results indicated that ER moderated relationships between body image concerns and both bulimic and depressive symptoms, but not relationships between body image concerns and drive for thinness or anxiety symptoms. Adolescents who reported frequent body image concerns were more likely to have higher levels of bulimic symptoms if they tended to use avoidance and internal dysfunctional ER strategies. Furthermore, adolescents who reported frequent body image concerns were more likely to have higher levels of depressive symptoms if they used positive rational acceptance and internal functional strategies infrequently. Implications of the findings for prevention and intervention are discussed.

PMID:
21601547
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.04.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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