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10-06-2020 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Self-compassion and Body Checking Among Women: the Mediating Role of Stigmatizing Self-perceptions

Auteurs: Katarina L. Huellemann, Rachel M. Calogero

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 9/2020

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Abstract

Objectives

The present study examined self-compassion and fear of self-compassion in relation to body checking behavior, an understudied marker of eating disorder risk. Stigmatizing self-perceptions in the form of self-objectification, body shame, and weight bias internalization were also examined as a collective set of factors that may connect self-compassion to body checking behavior.

Methods

Undergraduate women (N = 177) recruited from a university participation pool completed the Self-Compassion Scale, the Fear of Self-Compassion Scale, the Weight Bias Internalization Scale—Modified, the Self-Objectification Beliefs and Behaviors Scale, the Phenomenological Body Shame Scale, and the Body Checking Scale in counterbalanced order via an online survey hosted on Qualtrics for course credit.

Results

Parallel mediation analyses conducted via PROCESS Model 4 demonstrated a significant indirect effect of self-compassion on body checking through weight bias internalization (ab = − .20; 95% percentile bootstrap confidence interval (PB CI): − .31 to − .11), self-objectification (ab = − .15; 95% PB CI: − .25 to − .08), and body shame (ab = − .16; 95% PB CI: − .28 to − .05). Significant indirect effects of fear of self-compassion on body checking were also demonstrated through weight bias internalization (ab = .18; 95% PB CI: .10 to .26), self-objectification (ab = .13; 95% PB CI: .07 to .21), and body shame (ab = .12; 95% PB CI: .03 to .21). No direct effects of self-compassion were observed.

Conclusions

The findings support self-stigma as a psychological bridge that links being self-compassionate to body checking behavior. Low self-compassion and fear of self-compassion may allow stigmatizing self-perceptions to take root and drive more body checking behavior.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Self-compassion and Body Checking Among Women: the Mediating Role of Stigmatizing Self-perceptions
Auteurs
Katarina L. Huellemann
Rachel M. Calogero
Publicatiedatum
10-06-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 9/2020
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01420-8

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