Examining the Relationship Between Coping Strategies and Positive Body Image Among Older Women

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2023

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Karpiel, Susan

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Studies show that body dissatisfaction is prevalent among Western females of all ages, and sociocultural pressure toward the thin ideal contributes to body dissatisfaction. A strategy for reducing body dissatisfaction among older women is to promote positive body image and identify coping strategies that lower body image distress and promote health and well-being. Studies examining the relationship between coping and body image are limited; therefore, there is a need to identify coping strategies that older women use to protect against body image threats. This presentation will provide an overview of the literature and research methods for an upcoming study with U.S. women aged 50 and over. The study purpose is: (1) to examine the relationship between coping strategies and positive body image among older women, and (2) to examine how perceived sociocultural pressure to adhere to the thin ideal moderates the relationship between coping strategies and positive body image among older women. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Marilyn Massey-Stokes)

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