Send to

Choose Destination
Body Image. 2014 Sep;11(4):547-56. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.08.001. Epub 2014 Sep 7.

Exploring self-compassion as a refuge against recalling the body-related shaming of caregiver eating messages on dimensions of objectified body consciousness in college women.

Author information

Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States.
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States. Electronic address:


Guided by an overarching body-related shame regulation framework, the present investigation examined the associations between caregiver eating messages and dimensions of objectified body consciousness and further explored whether self-compassion moderated these links in a sample of 322 U.S. college women. Correlational findings indicated that retrospective accounts of restrictive/critical caregiver eating messages were positively related to body shame and negatively related to self-compassion and appearance control beliefs. Recollections of experiencing pressure to eat from caregivers were positively correlated with body shame and inversely associated with appearance control beliefs. Higher self-compassion was associated with lower body shame and body surveillance. Self-compassion attenuated the associations between restrictive/critical caregiver eating messages and both body surveillance and body shame. Implications for advancing our understanding of the adaptive properties of a self-compassionate self-regulatory style in mitigating recall of familial body-related shaming on the internalized body-related shame regulating processes of body objectification in emerging adulthood are discussed.


Appearance control beliefs; Body shame; Body surveillance; Caregiver eating messages; College women; Self-compassion

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center