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J Health Psychol. 2016 Jan;21(1):28-39. doi: 10.1177/1359105314520814. Epub 2014 Feb 14.

Positive body image and young women's health: Implications for sun protection, cancer screening, weight loss and alcohol consumption behaviours.

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1
Flinders University, Australia Rachel.Andrew@flinders.edu.au.
2
Flinders University, Australia.

Abstract

This study examined the link between positive body image and a range of health behaviours. Participants were 256 women who completed an online questionnaire measuring body appreciation, body dissatisfaction, sun protection, cancer screening, seeking medical attention, weight-loss behaviour and alcohol and tobacco consumption. Results indicated that body appreciation was positively related to sun protection, skin screening and seeking medical attention and negatively related to weight-loss behaviour. Body appreciation explained unique variance, over and above body dissatisfaction, in sun protection, skin screening and weight-loss behaviour. These results have implications for interventions to improve adherence to health behaviours.

KEYWORDS:

body appreciation; cancer; health behaviour; sun protection; women’s health

PMID:
24532796
DOI:
10.1177/1359105314520814
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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