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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.

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1
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States.
2
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States. Electronic address: jennifer.webb@uncc.edu.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

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

PMID:
25195124
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.08.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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